GANDER NAMED INTERIM PRESIDENT OF MARLBORO COLLEGE
MARLBORO, VERMONT – Rod Gander, Newsweek editor turned Marlboro College president turned Vermont state senator, has agreed to return to Marlboro as interim leader until a permanent president is chosen, the college’s Board of Trustees announced today.
Current Marlboro President Paul LeBlanc announced April 10 that he will leave the college this summer to take the helm of Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester. Marlboro Trustees are forming a presidential search committee comprised of Board members, faculty, students and staff to begin the process of finding a new, permanent president.
The trustees decided to name an interim president to allow the search process the time it needs to find the right match for the college and to create a smooth transition between administrations.
Gander, having served as president of Marlboro from 1981 until 1996, can offer a particularly smooth transition because “he knows almost all of the college’s supporters, is well respected in the local area, and loves Marlboro,” said LeBlanc.
Gander will return to campus in June, and overlap with LeBlanc for several weeks. "Marlboro has been such an important part of my life," Gander said. "I'm grateful to the trustees for giving me this opportunity to serve the college once again."
With enrollment booming and a $31 million capital campaign exceeding all expectations, the Marlboro College Gander will find upon his return is very different from the one he took over in 1981. The college then was underenrolled and struggling financially. Over the next 15 years Gander put the college’s fiscal house in order, helped found the popular World Studies Program and professionalized an administration that had relied on faculty volunteers to fill many staff positions. Upon leaving Marlboro, Gander began work on several book projects, served as interim president of the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges and, last November, was elected Windham County state senator in a landslide vote.
Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 300 undergraduate students enjoy a 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community, and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro's Persons School features four master's degree programs in Internet technologies from its Marlboro College Technology Center campus in nearby Brattleboro.