ISM Welcomes Lead Administrator Erin Ethier

May 29, 2019

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Erin Ethier as the new Lead Administrator for the Institute of Sacred Music.

Erin joined us in April with a broad background of education and work experience. Following her B.A. in psychology from Assumption College, she earned both an M.S. in business management from Albertus Magnus College and the M.B.A. from Quinnipiac University. During her undergraduate training she had a semester abroad in Florence.

From 2005–2015 she was employed by Lawrence Holdings Company in Wallingford, CT, a privately-owned holdings company of four specialty metals distributors and nine commercial real estate properties, where she served first as Sales/Purchasing Coordinator and Quality Assurance Manager, was later promoted to Vice President of Strategic Planning, and then Vice President of Finance. In this role, she managed the business operations for a budget of over $100 million, a diverse staff, and work that was transacted in thirteen states.

In 2015, Erin joined Yale University as operations manager of the Yale Drama School, where she oversaw all business operations, including the budget, business office personnel, purchasing, all Workday functions, faculty support, and general support for the School’s thirty-five plus annual performances in the Yale Repertory Theatre, University Theatre, Iseman Theater, and Yale Cabaret. Erin is also a prominent university citizen having been involved in Workday change management and the University-wide Operating Group, among other things.

Erin lives in Guilford with her husband Dan and daughters Kate and Emily (ages six and four).

Martin Jean writes, “Erin brings substantial gifts with her from which all will benefit, she is a substantial and kind person, and her arrival represents a significant turning point in our process of rebuilding the staff and facilities of the ISM.  I know the whole ISM community and all our partners join me in giving a warm welcome to Erin Ethier as we look forward to all that lies ahead in our common work.”

We also wish to thank Sarath Kraus, who was our interim lead administrator since Andrea Hart’s departure in September. Sarath came on board at a very critical time following the move into Miller Hall and a recent reorganization of the staff. While we have been sorry to see her leave for her new home in Nevada, we will always be grateful for her rational and calm approach to every issue that arose over our seven short months together. Bravo, Sarath, and best wishes!