Benjamin E. Juarez, director of culture, technology and development at the Dr. Jose Maria Luis Mora Research Institute for social sciences, history and culture in Mexico, has been named dean of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts (CFA), announced BU President Dr. Robert A. Brown.
Prior to being appointed dean, Juarez directed the Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico’s national arts center, running professional schools in music, dance, arts, theater and film, research centers, the organization’s TV channel, and more than 20 theaters and performing spaces. While there, he oversaw 600-plus employees, 1,800 students and an $8 million annual budget.
Juarez received his B.A. in 1969 from Centro Universitario Mexico; a master’s of fine arts in music from the California Institute of the Arts in 1973; and a certificate in business administration from Universidad Anahuac del Sur in 2002.
The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre and the School of Visual Arts.
“The brightest students in the world come to Boston,” he said. “We have to take advantage of both the richness of diversity and the use of technology to train our students to build themselves a different paradigm.”