Marlboro College


Marlboro College Elects
Three New Trustees

At its spring meeting earlier this month, the Marlboro College Board of Trustees elected three new trustees to its board: Peter T. Mallary of Bradford, VT, Philip H. Steckler, III of Brattleboro, VT and Laura Frank of New York, NY. They each will serve three-year terms.

“I’m delighted to be adding to Marlboro’s board strength with a successful regional business leader and two alumni of widely recognized talents,” said Marlboro College President Ellen McCulloch-Lovell. “All three represent areas of expertise that the college needs as it plans for the future.”

Peter T. Mallary, class of 1976, currently serves as chairman of the Vermont Democratic Party, a post to which he was unanimously elected by the more than 30 members of the state committee. Mallary served three terms in the Vermont House from 1991 to 1996, one of them as assistant majority leader and since then has served on the Democratic state committee and its executive committee. During the past two elections, he has been the treasurer of the Vermont Democratic House Campaign committee. Mallary is the long-time publisher of “It's Classified,” a weekly advertising newspaper and of “Behind the Times,” an Orange County monthly newsmagazine. Peter is also the author of several books including “Houses of New England,” “ New England Churches and Meetinghouses 1680 – 1830” and “A Redouté Treasury: 468 Watercolors from Les Liliacées,” as well as an expert on antiques and ephemera. He recently served as president of the Vermont Historical Society, and is a trustee of the Vermont Folklife Center. At Marlboro, Mallary studied history with a focus on nineteenth century British history and literature.

Philip H. Steckler, III is a principal in Country Business Investments, a brokerage and acquisition firm of area businesses and is responsible for numerous transactions in Northern New England over 30 years. He is past president of the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce, past president and current executive board member of the Brattleboro Development and Credit Corporation, past president and current member of Rotary, past president of Brattleboro Outing Club and Tennis Club, past board member of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, on the board of the Latchis Corporation (of the Brattleboro Arts Initiative) and a member of the Vermont Energy Partnership (supports nuclear power.) Other service includes the Executive Board of Regional Development Corp., member of the President Council at World Learning, the Business Advisory Council of Brattleboro Music Center, International Business Brokers Association, Institute of Business Appraisers and Rotary International. Steckler has his Masters of Science in Teaching in economics from the University of Missouri and his BA from the University of Vermont. He is married to Marcia Steckler, who is president of the area Boys and Girls Club and involved in many cultural organizations; they have three children.

Laura Frank, class of 1992, is founder and president of Luminous FX, a design company specializing in the technical translation of art into lighting and video. Over the last 10 years, Frank has contributed to a wide variety of projects, from modern dance tours of Poland to Olympic ceremonies and planetarium dome presentations to "The David Letterman Show." Most recently Frank programmed the field lighting system for the Superbowl Halftime show, and collaborated on the lighting of "Spamalot," on Broadway. She was also the visual director, combining design for lighting and video, on David Bowie's recent "Reality" tour. Her love of art and science followed her from her hometown of San Antonio, TX, to Vermont where she combined studies in Dance, Lighting and Physics at Marlboro College.

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 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 is a Colleges That Change Lives college.

For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644 or


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