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Sad News about Former Faculty and Staff Member Pete Chvany

Dear Emerson community,

The College is saddened to share that former longtime faculty member, staff, and coach Pete Chvany passed away on September 7. Pete served the College in a variety of roles for more than 20 years.

We express our deepest condolences to his sons Alec ‘95 and Stephen ‘93, and to family, friends, colleagues, students, staff, and others who mourn his loss.

During his time at Emerson, beginning in the late 1980s, Pete was a film professor, an advisor to Emerson Independent Video and Frames Per Second; faculty advisory for the EVVYs for 15 years, from 1992 to 2007; and a post-production manager for Digital Production Labs starting in 1998 until his retirement in 2010. He also revived the co-ed soccer program, converting it from a co-ed team into a men’s team, and then creating and coaching the women’s team.

“He was a coach, teacher, mentor, a friend to hundreds of Emersonians,” said Emerson College Interim President Bill Gilligan. “That’s really what he was, and of all the people who I worked with over my time in the administration, there’s nobody who had a more loyal following past graduation than Pete. That’s quite a legacy.”

The Pete Chvany Scholarship was established in 2010 and honors Pete’s legacy, “whose ability to nurture students, foster potential, and push for excellence launched many successful lives and careers.” 

To learn more about his life and impact on the Emerson community, please read “Emerson Remembers the Legendary Pete Chvany.”

Bill Gilligan

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