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Jane Sanders honored and the search for a new President begins
The Board of Trustees of Burlington College met on October 14, 2011, at which time the resignation of former President Jane O’Meara Sanders was formally accepted, designating her emerita status. It was also announced that an art gallery to be named in Sanders’ honor, the Jane O’Meara Sanders Gallery, will be formally dedicated at the new campus next spring.
Sanders’ accomplishments during her tenure were significant. Under her leadership, the College received ten-year accreditation and financial stability was attained, with gifts, grants and donations having increased from $25,000 to $1.25 million as of June, 2011. Student aid, which the college was not funding when Sanders took the helm, has risen to an annual total of $400,000. Seven years ago, College real estate consisted of one acre of land and three buildings. With the recent move to its new campus, the College sits on 32 lake-front acres and owns a total of seven buildings. From its status as a “commuter school,” during its early years, the College has grown to a graduate level, offering nine professional certificates, Associates of Arts degrees in three majors, Bachelor of Arts degrees in 14 majors, Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in four disciplines, and an Individualized Master of Arts degree. The faculty is larger and well credentialed and the graduation rate has been increased.
The Board of Trustees has begun the process of organizing a presidential search committee to include students, faculty, staff, trustees and alumni. The College is under the interim leadership of its three vice presidents: Christine Plunkett, vice president of Administration and Finance, Art Hessler, vice president of academic and student affairs, and Michael Luck, vice president for institutional advancement.
Board Chair Adam Dantzscher said that "...the Board of Trustees has full confidence in our executive leadership. The college is operating smoothly. As we move forward with the search for a long term president, we anticipate strong interest for the position. This is an extraordinary time of growth and transformation for the college."