December 2013

12/23/13 Update on Presidential Transition

The Board of Trustees has nearly completed the hiring process for Interim President.  Candidates were interviewed and met with interested members of the community over the last two weeks. We appreciate all of the comments that we have received and we will make an announcement about our selection as soon as possible. As the selection […]

July 2013

Joint Statement Regarding Presidential Transition

Dr. Barbara Vacarr, President of Goddard of College, and the Goddard Board of Trustees announced on Thursday, July 25, 2013, that Dr. Vacarr will be stepping down as President at the end of the 2013 calendar year.  Dr. Vacarr joined the College in 2010 after a distinguished career as a leader in developing innovative programs […]

Fundraising Success in Fiscal Year 2013

  We can’t thank you enough! With the support of alumni, parents, friends, students, faculty, staff, foundations, and corporations, Goddard College raised a total of $602,558.83 in charitable gifts, grants,  sponsorships and miscellaneous income or the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013. We were also successful in: • Matching a $50,000 challenge gift made by […]

March 2013

Goddard and the Future of Higher Education

  A few weeks ago I participated in a panel discussion about the reinvention of higher education sponsored by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The discussion was a critical reminder of our urgent need to respond to the new demands for accountability and relevance in higher education. Colleges now face extraordinary financial pressures and technological […]

February 2013

Education Reform Begins With Teachers

  In Vermont, we have an unprecedented opening for driving real change in education policy.  Our Governor, the Secretary of Education, school boards and administrators are deeply engaged in conversations that demonstrate a historic commitment to reform. We know, however, that the transformation of public education does not begin in the conference rooms of policymakers.  […]

January 2013

Goddard College invited to speak at conference by Chronicle of Higher Education

  Recent stories in the national press have explored whether the traditional college model still works, and if not, what can we do to address the affordability and relevance of a college education today?  Students and parents find it more and more challenging to pay for college and to justify that expense in a job […]

October 2012

Dr. Barbara Vacarr's speech on Evayln Bates

Maya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”  The stories that live in silence very often have the greatest power to transform our world and our understanding of it, when we are given an opportunity to share them and to listen to them. Each of our lives […]

Goddard at the AASHE Conference: A Leader in Sustainability

  I had the privilege of representing Goddard at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference this October.  I was invited to the conference in Los Angeles by the Chronicle of Higher Education to speak as one of a four- person panel about sustainability in higher education.  Approximately 150 people–faculty, […]

July 2012

Reconnecting with Goddard

During my two years at Goddard, I have had the pleasure of connecting with hundreds of Goddard alumni, faculty, students and friends. In June, MFAW Faculty member Aimee Liu graciously hosted a reception at her home in Los Angeles that allowed me to connect with more than 15 alumni from the west coast. In San […]

December 2011

The Occupy movement is right

“Students should not only be trained to live in a democracy when they grow up; they should have the chance to live in one today.”– Alfie Kohn, writer and education activist UC Davis, UC Berkeley and Penn State. At two of these institutions, they called the police when they shouldn’t have. At another, they failed […]