News Honorary Degree Citation, J. Barton Goodwin
During your six years as chairman of the board of trustees, you have proven to be an energetic and able advocate for Marlboro College's fiscal stability and academic integrity.
Although you are a partner at BCI Partners, Inc., a private equity investment company, your financial acumen and practical outlook has always gone far beyond business.
While serving on the board at Washington and Lee, your alma mater, you mentored students and created internships for graduates at your own firm and elsewhere. At Columbia Business School, where you got your M.B.A., you served on a venture capital review committee that chose several student business plans to fund each year and provide real-life experience.
In your own community you were chair of the youth program at a skating club serving 300 children annually. You even coached hockey there, using skills that served you well as an enthusiastic participant in Marlboro's broomball tournaments.
You worked alongside your wife Betsy as she founded the National Down Syndrome Society, a tribute to your own daughter, Carson, born with Down Syndrome in 1978. Your special role at NDSS has been to chair the annual golf tournament, a successful fundraiser that just had its 14th year.
You have always found great joy working with young people in every organization you have associated yourself with, and Marlboro is no exception. As a trustee since 2002, when your son Eliot Goodwin '04 was a student, you have been particularly engaged and a major proponent of fiscal soundness. You frequently visited both Potash Hill and the graduate school campus in Brattleboro, and were a fearless champion for launching the MBA in Managing for Sustainability program.
You have said, "Leading Marlboro is very much like being a leader of a small company, and I believe my skills in working with corporate CEOs has brought skills and experiences that have been helpful in my support of Ellen as president of Marlboro." You are a gifted collaborator, applying your experience in the finance industry to guide this young college through its growing pains. It should also be mentioned that you are very talented at the barbecue grill.
For all your contributions to the lives of young people and to Marlboro College, J. Barton Goodwin, it is our pleasure to confer upon you the degree: Doctor of Humane Letters.
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