Christine Plunkett is the President of Burlington College. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and went on to earn her Master of Business Administration degree at Northeastern University. Following several years as a cost accountant at a Boston area manufacturing firm, she served as a member of the development team for the groundbreaking financial software VisiCalc, a precursor to modern spreadsheet programs such as Excel. She worked as an independent financial and software consultant in the greater Boston area for over ten years.
Ms. Plunkett has held executive 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, Ms. Plunkett was the Director of Finance and Operations at the Gailer School, a small, independent secondary school in Middlebury, VT, where she also served as Interim Head of School from 2000-2002.
In 2010, Ms. Plunkett 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 cabinet members 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. Ms. Plunkett currently serves as the Treasurer of the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges (AVIC) and is a member of the Board of Vermont Campus Compact.
Ms. Plunkett resides in Middlebury, Vermont.