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Letter from the Chair of the Board Trustees
On behalf of the entire Board of Trustees of Burlington College, I am very pleased to announce that current Vice President of Administration and Finance, Christine Plunkett, has been named the fifth president of the College. Christine was selected as the best candidate to continue the College’s mission at this time due to her extraordinary commitment to the College and its students, her energetic leadership style, her administrative experience, and her vision for the future. The Board of Trustees extends its full support to her as she moves forward. Christine will officially begin her duties as president on June 1.
Our national search for a new president was exhaustive, yielding over sixty interested applicants, including many highly qualified candidates. I wish to thank all of the members of the search committee for the many hours they devoted to the search and interview process. This was a thorough process, carried out with great integrity. The Board is indebted to the committee members for their contributions to this successful search.
Christine grew up in Vermont and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Vermont. She went on to earn her Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree from Northeastern University. She served as a member of the development team for the groundbreaking financial software VisiCalc, and worked as an independent financial and software consultant in the greater Boston area for over ten years.
Christine has held administrative positions in secondary and higher education for over thirteen years, with extensive prior experience in accounting, finance and technology consulting, and entrepreneurship. Prior to joining the staff at Burlington College in 2007, she was an administrator at the Gailer School, an independent secondary school in Middlebury, Vermont, where she also served as Interim Head of School from 2000-2002. She has served as a trustee on the board of the Bridge School in Middlebury.
As a member of the President’s Council at Burlington College, Christine has been an active participant in college-wide decision-making, strategic planning, and accreditation reviews. In 2010, she participated in a higher education leadership symposium at Southern New Hampshire University, focusing on fundraising, board relations and finance. In 2011, she was one of 42 college vice presidents nationwide selected to participate in the year-long Executive Leadership Academy, co-sponsored by the American Academic Leadership Institute, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the Council of Independent Colleges.
Christine has brought creative ideas and great energy to the campus during the past year, and the Board eagerly looks forward to its continued work with her.
Chair of the Board of Trustees