Marlboro College

News Marlboro College and Snelling Center Collaborate on Leadership Education

MARLBORO, VT — (October 29, 2013) — Marlboro College is pleased to announce a partnership with the Snelling Center for Government, signed on Monday, October 28, to introduce three new graduate level courses in leadership, public policy, and community engagement. The courses will be based on learning from the Snelling Center’s Vermont Leadership Institute, and will be incorporated into Marlboro’s Master of Science in Management–Mission Driven Organizations (MSM-MDO) program. 

“I am excited about our new partnership with Marlboro College,” said Mark Snelling, president of the Snelling Center. “The new program brings together two wonderful Vermont institutions, and will enhance our graduates’ knowledge as they continue to work as leaders in their communities across Vermont.”

“The partnership between the Snelling Center and Marlboro College deepens the opportunities for those who work in the state’s important nonprofit sector to develop their leadership and management skills,” said Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, Marlboro College president. “I could not be more pleased.”

The Snelling Center created the Vermont Leadership Institute (VLI) in 1995 to stimulate citizen enthusiasm for and participation in public service. Under the terms of the agreement, signed on Monday, October 28, 2013, Marlboro College will design three graduate courses built on the foundation of the VLI learning experience and augmented by related coursework.

The three courses are titled Emotional Intelligence for Leaders, Public Policy and Systems Change in Vermont, and Collaboration and Change. Through this new partnership, graduate credit will be made available to all VLI participants, whether or not they are matriculated degree students at Marlboro. VLI students accepted into the MSM-MDO program will be able to apply nine credits earned through VLI toward their degree.

The new courses in turn make a valuable addition to the MSM-MDO program, one of seven graduate degrees offered at Marlboro’s Center for Graduate and Professional Studies. The goal of the program is for students to develop the leadership capacity and management skills to achieve their organizational missions for the ultimate benefit of society, and VLI will be a valuable foundation.

“Marlboro and the Snelling institute share a commitment to educating ethical, informed, and thoughtful leaders, dedicated to the advancement of the public good,” said Sean Conley, associate dean of graduate and professional studies at Marlboro. “This agreement goes a long way toward achieving that goal.”

Marlboro College
With locations in the foothills of Vermont’s Green Mountains and downtown Brattleboro, Marlboro College provides independent thinkers with exceptional opportunities to broaden their intellectual horizons, benefit from a small and close-knit learning community, create a strong framework for personal and career fulfillment, and make a positive difference in the world. At our undergraduate campus in the town of Marlboro and our Center for Graduate and Professional Studies in Brattleboro, students engage in deep exploration of their interests—and discover new avenues for using their skills to benefit themselves and others—in an atmosphere that emphasizes critical and creative thinking, independence, social justice, sustainability, and community.

Snelling Center for Government
The mission of the Snelling Center for Government is to foster responsible and ethical civic leadership, encourage public service by private citizens, and promote informed citizen participation in shaping public policy in Vermont.


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