Biography

M. Lee Pelton

M. Lee Pelton

President, Emerson College

Dr. Lee Pelton chairs PGE’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. He has been an independent director since 2006.

Pelton is president of Emerson College in Boston, where he has served since 2011. He is scheduled to retire in June 2021 and will assume the role of president and CEO of The Boston Foundation, a philanthropic organization with over $1 billion in assets. Before joining Emerson, he served as president of Willamette University in Salem, Oregon from 1999 to 2011, dean and professor of English Literature at Dartmouth College from 1991 to 1998, and dean of students and later dean of Colgate University from 1986 to 1991.

Pelton currently serves on the board and executive committee of Boston Chamber of Commerce, is board chair for Boston Arts Academy Foundation, is trustee for the Barr Foundation Boston Municipal Research Bureau and is also board chair of the Boston Racial Equity Fund.

Pelton has served on numerous educational and cultural boards and committees, including the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education (past chair), the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Museum of African American History in Boston, and the Harvard University Board of Overseers. In 2020, he was recognized by the Boston Chamber of Commerce as a 2020 Distinguished Bostonian and included in the Boston Business Journal’s 50 Most Powerful Leaders in Boston list.

He holds a doctorate in English from Harvard University and undergraduate degrees in English and psychology from Wichita State University.

Independent Director