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News Ellen McCulloch-Lovell Selected for College Presidents’ Leadership Coalition

Marlboro, VT – (October 1, 2008) – Marlboro’s Ellen McCulloch-Lovell was one of 45 university and college presidents selected to be part of a national Leadership Coalition formed by the Bringing Theory to Practice Project.

The initial activity of the Coalition will be a President’s Symposium, to be held in Washington, DC, November 10-11, 2008. The objective in forming the Coalition is to encourage and support those institutions which are committed to providing successful models of how a campus culture focused on actively engaging students in learning, and evaluating their success in doing so, can address the full dimensions of the intellectual, emotional, and civic flourishing of students.

“I’m convinced Marlboro College has an important role to play in the arena of higher education because of our emphasis on the student, on teaching and on participation in a democratic community,” says McCulloch-Lovell.

With the generous support of the S. Engelhard Center, the Charles Engelhard Foundation, the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation, and the Lumina Foundation, the Bringing Theory to Practice Project, an independent project in partnership with the Association of American Colleges and Universities, sought applications and plans from interested institutions of all types offering baccalaureate degrees. From those applications, it has selected and will offer grant support to the selected colleges and universities.

McCulloch-Lovell was also part of a President’s Leadership Council sponsored by the New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education, recently convened in New York City to advise on the role the media takes in educating students. The new council includes more than 40 presidents of colleges and universities, representing the diversity of American higher education – liberal arts, professional studies, religious schools and historically black colleges.

McCulloch-Lovell was appointed as president of Marlboro College in 2004. From 1994-2001, she served in the Clinton administration as executive director of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, deputy chief of staff to the first lady, and deputy assistant to the president and advisor to the first lady on the Millennium Project.

A graduate of Bennington College, McCulloch-Lovell has strong ties to Vermont: she was chief of staff to U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) from 1983 to 1994. As executive director of the Vermont Arts Council (1975 to 1983), she was co-creator of the Governor's Institutes, a program that gives high school students the opportunity to work with artists, scientists and international experts in summer institutes, now in its 25th year.

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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 300 acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.



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