BENNINGTON (AP) - The president of Southern Vermont College is back on the Bennington campus after spending a year at the U.S. Department of Education.

During calendar 2012, Karen Gross served as a senior policy adviser for the Department of Education in Washington where she helped develop a transition assistance program for most returning military service personnel.

She also participated in efforts to promote college access, quality, success and affordability.

Gross says she hopes her experience in Washington will help enrich the Southern Vermont College community.

Southern Vermont College is a liberal arts college in Bennington with about 550 students.