Lisa Chamberlain Appointed to MCLA Board of Trustees


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. -Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) has announced that Gov. Deval Patrick recently appointed Lisa Chamberlain, managing partner of The Chamberlain Group, based in Great Barrington, as the newest member of the MCLA Board of Trustees.

According to Tyler Fairbank, chair of MCLA's Board of Trustees, "The Chamberlain Group is an integral part of the innovation economy in the Berkshires. Lisa Chamberlain brings with her specialized experience and management skills that blend artistry with technology. As such, she is the perfect person to join this university at this time in our history.

"I look forward to working with Lisa, and am thankful for her commitment, not only to MCLA's mission, but also to public higher education in the Commonwealth. She will be a great addition to our Board," Fairbank said.

"I'm honored to be asked and delighted to accept," Chamberlain responds. "MCLA is a jewel in the education crown of Massachusetts. As an alumna parent I have watched the dynamic stewardship of the College by President Mary Grant with profound admiration. It will be a joy to participate from the inside in the future of MCLA  and all it brings to the region and  the broader community.  

Founded in 1999, The Chamberlain Group is a Massachusetts-based studio that designs and builds mimetic organs for surgical and interventional training. It is a collective of sculptors, designers, fabricators, engineers and model makers who work collaboratively with medical device manufacturers, leading surgeons and teaching hospitals worldwide.

A graduate of Princeton University with graduate work at Yale, Lisa Chamberlain later joined the Academy-Award-winning NYC design and effects studio R/GA, where she met and collaborated with Eric Chamberlain.

Together, they were instrumental in building R/GA's reputation of renown for work in feature films, graphic design, computer graphics and digital video. Their combined film credits include effects, opening titles, and feature campaigns for "Superman," "The World According to Garp," "Zelig," "Predator I" and "Prediator II," "The Big Chill," "Tootsie," " Gandhi," "Body Double," "Ghostbusters," "Judge Dredd," "Eraser" and "The Matrix."

Chamberlain replaces outgoing trustee Steve Crowe, who recently completed his term of service.

MCLA President Mary K. Grant said she is grateful to Crowe for his service to the College.

"Over the years, Steve has provided the Board with his wise and thoughtful guidance, his staunch dedication and loyalty, as well as his dedicated friendship, for which I am most appreciative," Grant said. "He will remain a part of our MCLA family, and I am confident he will continue to advocate for the best interest of the College and our unique role within the Commonwealth's university system."

On behalf of the Board and the students, faculty, and staff of the College, Grant thanked Governor Patrick and the members of the Public Education Nominating Council for their support in appointing Chamberlain.

"I am so pleased to welcome Lisa to MCLA, and am confident she will be a great asset as we continue to make MCLA and public higher education in Massachusetts strong and successful," she said.

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