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Board names interim president of Northern Vermont University

Published: May. 18, 2021 at 11:36 AM EDT|Updated: May. 18, 2021 at 4:41 PM EDT
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - Northern Vermont University has a new interim president.

Tuesday, the board of trustees appointed John Mills to take over in August.

Current president Elaine Collins told the board several weeks ago that she would be stepping down.

The board began an informal search at that time.

Vermont State Colleges System Chancellor Sophie Zdatny says Mills will be a good fit for NVU.

“He has experience leading small rural institutions similar to ours and we think he will be a great asset given his background. It will really help move Northern Vermont University forward as we look to the transformation that is coming,” Zdatny said.

Mills is a former president of Paul Smith’s College in New York and Mount Aloysius College in Pennsylvania. He has also been a faculty member at MIT, Harvard Medical School, Dartmouth Medical School and Clarkson University.

In a statement, Mills said: “The opportunity to lead Northern Vermont University, especially as it engages with the entire Vermont State Colleges System in system-wide transformation, is incredibly exciting. Across the nation, state systems are struggling with many of the same issues as the VSCS. Vermont’s commitment to higher education and workforce opportunities, especially in rural communities, and the state’s willingness to directly address the tremendous challenges confronting higher education are remarkable. With this dedication, Vermont can be a model for the nation.”

VCSC will not be looking for a full-time president for NVU.

A national search will be led to find a president for the new combined entity of NVU, Vermont Technical College and Castleton University.

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