Dr. Laura Beer, director of the music therapy program, gave a talk titled Music Therapy: A Healing Art and Clinical Modality at the National Federation of Music Clubs' conference in June 2014.
Jerry Hudson served as president of Willamette University for 17 years and then as executive vice president of the Collins Foundation for 11 years. He is immediate past board chair of the Oregon Historical Society and currently serves on the boards of The Library Foundation, Chalkboard Project and Japanese Garden Society.
Dr. Hudson began his academic career as professor of history at Pepperdine University, where he became provost before accepting the presidency of Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Later, during his tenure as president of Willamette University, he served as a director and member of the executive committee of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
He has a B.A. in History from Lipscomb University in Nashville; an M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from Tulane University in New Orleans; and honorary doctorates from Pepperdine University, Tokyo International University, Willamette University and University of Portland.