Personal Statement

Clo Pitkin graduated from Goddard in 1953. After her graduation Clo was hired by Tim Pitkin to help survey the Upper Winooski Valley as part of a Title I grant. She and Ellen Pitkin organized and helped run the Current Educational Issues Conferences at Goddard throughout the 1960s. In 1969 Clo graduated from UVM with her MEd in Counseling. Clo was the Director/Advisor of Commuting Adult Program at Goddard College, which was a precursor to the Adult Degree Program, from 1968-1969 and was on the Goddard education faculty for both the RUP and ADP programs.

In 1970 Clo went to work with Peter Smith, the Community College of Vermont’s first President, to help establish that institution.  While there she helped design and launch the advising and degree programs, and worked with low-income people to help them continue their educations.

After that she returned to Goddard as the Associate Director of Admissions and a faculty member in the ADP and RUP programs. In 1987 she founded Woman Centered, an organization which offered support for women of all ages. From 1993-2001 she was the Director of Community Services at Central Vermont Community Action. Clo was also a co-founder of the Vermont Peace Academy. She returned to Goddard following the closure of the residential program as a member of the Renaissance Committee and was on the Board of Trustees from 2003 to 2013. Clo lives in Marshfield, in the house purchased by Orasmus Pitkin in 1850 and is very active in the Goddard community.


In recognition of her lifetime of service to Goddard College Clo received the Goddard Award for Excellence on October 19, 2013, during Goddard College’s 150th Anniversary Celebration and Alumni Weekend,