Meet Scott Mead (AB '77), candidate for Harvard Board of Overseers

May 09, 2022 at 1:00pm - 2pm
On Zoom (1pm Pacific time)

Harvardwood is pleased to announce our support
for the candidacy of
fine arts photographer
Scott Mead (’77) for the Harvard Board of Overseers.

Monday, May 9, at 1pm PT on Zoom
Scott will share why he's running, his vision for the Board of
Overseers, and he will answer questions from those in attendance.



As part of Harvardwood's mission to nurture and promote arts, media and entertainment in the Harvard community, we are committed to reinforcing and expanding the university’s focus on these areas.

Established in 1642, the Board of Overseers is made up of alumni who bring to bear their best judgment and deep commitment to Harvard’s overarching academic mission and long-term institutional interests. New members of the Board of Overseers are elected each spring by Harvard degree holders, and we are keen to highlight candidates whose goals and priorities align with that of Harvardwood. There is currently only one member of the 30 Overseers (Tracy Echelman) who is in the creative sector, and her term ends in 2023.

That is why we are endorsing Scott Mead.

An accomplished photographer and champion of the arts, Scott is a dedicated Harvard volunteer with extensive international experience. Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Mead has primarily lived and worked in Europe and Asia since graduation, and his photographs have been widely published and exhibited worldwide. He founded and leads Bramley Studio in London, a creative hub that nurtures artists from diverse backgrounds.

Mead was active in founding Harvard’s ArtLab and the evolution of the University of the Arts London. He endowed an arts program and a stem cell research center at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, where he served as a trustee.

A former Harvard Alumni Association-elected director, Mead serves on Harvard’s Global Advisory Council as well as Dean’s Advisory Boards for Harvard Law School and the Graduate School of Design. He is a trustee of the Royal Academy of Arts and served in similar capacities at MD Anderson Cancer Center; the Women’s Tennis Association, where he advocated for equal prize money; and the Tate Galleries.

Only 10% of alums typically participate in these elections, so your vote makes a difference. Please return your paper ballots by the closing day of May 17, or you can vote online here.

You can also find a full listing of the candidates here

This is a new initiative for Harvardwood and we look forward to continuing our participation in Harvard’s governance process. We’d like to invite everyone to also nominate arts/media/entertainment-related folks for the 2023 cycle by clicking here.


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