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News Marlboro College Welcomes New Dean of Students

MARLBORO, VT – (July 29, 2013) – Marlboro College is pleased to welcome Xenia Markowitt Pedone as the college’s next dean of students, as of July 29. Selected from a competitive field of candidates, Markowitt brings to Marlboro many talents and experiences that will be an asset to the college as it approaches the next academic year. 

“Marlboro College’s empowerment of students to take on the responsibility of their own education is rare,” said Markowitt. “It makes for innovative student-centered education, in and out of the classroom, for which Student Life can be an engaged partner in learning.”

Markowitt was most recently associate dean for campus life at New York University Abu Dhabi, a new campus of 450 international students, where she helped to found the Student Affairs division in the liberal arts tradition. She led start-up activities such as orientation, facilities management, human resources development, a communications plan, and served as a resource for both faculty and students.

Markowitt also served at Dartmouth College for 13 years, where she became director of the Center for Women and Gender in the Office of Pluralism and Leadership. She led the team there to develop a strategic plan, implement core programs, and build links to the Women and Gender Studies Program. She developed a number of programs in the area of gender, sexual health awareness, and diversity, some of which have been emulated on other college campuses.

“We are delighted to have someone of Xenia’s experience leading the Student Life Office at Marlboro,” said Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, president. Her deep understanding of student affairs, faculty-student collaboration, diversity, community-based learning, crisis response, international learning, and leadership training will be a huge benefit to our academic community.”

“I am a strong proponent of continued assessment and evaluation of our work to meet the quick-evolving technological and international interconnectedness of our students’ needs,” Markowitt said. “As Marlboro College works to achieve the goals of its strategic plan, the ability to think with creativity and innovation will be essential to its success and stature as a leader in the field of education.”

Markowitt has a master’s degree in Latin American and Caribbean studies from New York University, and a BFA in fine arts, film and television production from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. She also holds a diploma in French studies from the University of Aix-En-Provence/Marseilles, and served as instructor and adjunct in Spanish at Dartmouth and Keene State.

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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.



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