Harish Nayak MBA, Ed.D
Project Manager, IML 



As Project Manager, Dr. Nayak manages marketing & engagement as well as technology pursuits in all projects for the IML.  He particularly enjoys the entrepreneurial spirit practiced by the Institute for Music Leadership as much as it fosters this same spirit amongst Eastman’s community.  Dr. Nayak has been awarded grants in applying technology to improve educational experiences at the collegiate and K-12 level, including a collaboration with Eastman’s Community Music School to launch an online AP Music Theory course in Fall 2020.    

Prior to joining Eastman, Dr. Nayak served as Director of Digital Initiatives for the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries.  Dr. Nayak completed his Ed.D at the Warner School of Education in Higher Education Leadership. He also holds an MBA in Marketing, Information Systems, and E-Business from the University at Buffalo, and a Bachelors degree in Computer Science with minors in Business and Music from the University of Rochester.

While having studied and performed jazz guitar (because his drums wouldn’t fit in the car) at Eastman and University of Rochester’s River campus as an undergraduate and spent long hours in Sibley Music Library’s listening room in absolute bliss, Dr. Nayak is now immersed in the pursuits of his three young daughters, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 1 leopard gecko.