Ellen McCulloch-Lovell (Reformer file photo)
Ellen McCulloch-Lovell (Reformer file photo)

MARLBORO -- Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, president of Marlboro College since 2004, announced this week that she intends to step down from the presidency in June 2015. Confirming what she earlier had told the College's trustees, McCulloch-Lovell said to the College community:

"This is a difficult decision to make, as I love Marlboro, its intensive teaching and learning, its mission, the value of our work here, the college community, and my relationship with the dedicated trustees, donors, and friends of this institution. Eleven years will be a long term of service and Marlboro will benefit from new perspective and energy. I think this is the best next step for the college, as well as for my husband Chris and me, and I know that the community will rally to support a new leader." She added, "Everything I've been able to accomplish at Marlboro has been with the collaboration and support of this remarkable intellectual and creative community."

Dean Nicyper, chairman of the Marlboro College Board of Trustees, said: "We are sad to see Ellen step down after so many years of dedicated service. Because of her successful and tireless efforts over the past ten years, the College is much stronger than it was when she joined us in 2004.She placed the College on significantly firmer footing organizationally and financially, for which we are all grateful."

As a result of McCulloch-Lovell's leadership, Marlboro has preserved its successful teaching model which has been recognized nationally; increased the endowment by more than 50 percent to an impressive $39.5 million; met successively larger fundraising goals; greatly improved the physical plant and landscape of the campuses, adding a new Health Center and, this coming year, a renovated Visual Arts Center; increased the activity and visibility of the Graduate and Professional Studies program in downtown Brattleboro, launching its Nonprofit Management programs; improved the energy efficiency of the campus and reduced its use of fossil fuels; and initiated non-degree programs and community partnerships locally. During this tenure, McCulloch-Lovell became a powerful spokesperson for the liberal arts, publishing numerous articles and leading the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges.

"Ellen is a planner," Nicyper said. "Through her successive strategic planning efforts since 2005, Marlboro has a much greater awareness of its strengths and its importance in the world of higher education.The new plan passed by the Trustees this year, 'Goals to Guide Marlboro,' provides a map for our future as the College goes through this presidential transition." Nicyper, who is an 1976 alumnus of the College, added that "although Ellen has given us the luxury of a fourteen-month period before she actually steps down, the Board already has begun to organize the search process and a search committee that will include trustees, faculty, students and staff, with the expectation of naming a new president in the spring of 2015."

About 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.