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Burlington College Seeks College President
Burlington College has initiated its search for a new President to take over the helm of the institution as it forges a path forward at its historic 32-acre campus at 351 North Avenue in Burlington.
During the years since its inception in 1972 as the Vermont Institute of Community Involvement, the College has remained committed to its original mission; that of integrating learning, personal development and community engagement into a comprehensive educational opportunity. Its curriculum is supported through non-graded narrative evaluations, self-designed programs of study and extraordinary mentoring and support services.
“The College has developed one of the best film programs in the Northeast,” said Adam Dantzscher, Chair of the Board of Trustees and of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee, “one of the few undergraduate integral psychology programs in the country, a craftsmanship and design program that has yielded award-winning custom-built furniture, and an unusual study-abroad program at the University of Havana. The College is known for its innovative student evaluations, where the focus for students is on real learning, not on traditional grades.”
The College’s appeal is documented, in part, through its recent first-place national ranking as a school for “free-spirited students” by Newsweek magazine and The Daily Beast. It attained that standing above colleges that included Sarah Lawrence, Vassar, Oberlin, Skidmore, Bard and Bennington Colleges. The 25 colleges singled-out affordtheir students “the chance to design their own curriculum or major and offered a very personal learning environment.”
The College’s job description for President describes “an experienced leader who understands and embraces our mission and non-traditional educational philosophy. The successful candidate will be a seasoned professional with extensive experience and knowledge of the administration of institutions of higher learning, familiarity with regulatory and accreditation requirements and standards, and a track record of effective leadership with a diverse faculty/staff.” Necessary skills also include strong fundraising skills, a commitment to excellence in academic standards, and strong financial literacy.
“The college is offering a tremendous opportunity for a unique individual to lead our institution through its next phase of development and growth,” Dantzscher said. “This is a golden opportunity to shape the college’s future and to optimize the potential offered by our beautiful new campus on the lake.”
Presidential Search Advisory Committee members include faculty Nora Mitchell and Kim Nolan, Burlington College students Katlyn Aviles and Shannon Partrick; staff members Karen Lapan and Lindy Walsh; Tom Torti, president of the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce; Bob Rosane, Superintendent of Franklin County Supervisory Union; and Robin Lloyd, proprietor of the newsletter, “Toward Freedom” and board member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).