BAM President Elected To NYS Board Of Regents

Velmanette Montgomery

March 27, 2006

Brooklyn lawmakers proudly gave their approval to the recent election of Karen Brooks Hopkins to the 16-member New York State Board of Regents. Ms. Hopkins is the president of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), where she has worked since 1979.

In her role as BAM President, Ms. Hopkins oversees the Academy’s 300 full- and part-time employees and facilities, including the 2100-seat Howard Gilman Opera House and 874-seat BAM Harvey Theater, the four-theater BAM Rose Cinemas and the BAMcafé.

Pictured with Ms. Hopkins (from l-r) are: Senator Montgomery, Senator Martin Connor, Assemblyman James Brennan, BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins, Senator Carl Andrews, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, Senator Martin Malave Dilan, Assemblywoman Joan Millman and Assemblyman Roger Green.

The Board of Regents was established in 1784 and is the oldest, continuous state education entity in America. The regents are responsible for the general supervision of all educational activities within the state, presiding over the State University of New York and the New York State Education Department.