New Director of Admissions Gariot Louima at Goddard College


Gariot Louima

Plainfield, Vt. – Goddard College, inventor of the low-residency educational model, has tapped award-winning higher education marketing communications professional Gariot P. Louima to be the college’s Director of Admissions.

Prior to moving to Goddard, Louima was the chief communications officer at the re-opened Antioch College. A member of the senior leadership team and advisor to the president, Louima was the Antioch’s brand manager, media liaison, and marketing chief with oversight of enrollment and advancement marketing communications, college publications and creative services. As the founder of the Writing Institute at Antioch College, he coordinated writing tutorials, designed its college-prep and first year writing seminars, and taught writing skills and  expository writing.

Louima was also editor and publicist at Nova Southeastern University and editorial director for marketing and publications at Miami Dade College.

“Gariot has a unique combination of proven practical communications skills in publicity and marketing, writing and communicating in an academic setting, and roots in the progressive educational model that makes Goddard such a unique place,” said Goddard College President Barbara Vacarr. “It is rare to find a candidate so perfectly aligned with a position and we are thrilled to have such a talented, motivated, and multifaceted person heading our admissions team.”

Louima has taught college-level writing for nearly a decade. As an adjunct professor of English, he taught College Essay Writing, Introduction to College English, and College Preparatory Writing Skills at Broward College.

A former journalist, he has reported for The Los Angeles TimesThe Miami Herald, (New Orleans) Times-Picayune, and The Palm Beach Post. His short stories have appeared in The Caribbean Writer, carte blancheObsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, and in the anthology So Spoke the Earth. He was a finalist for the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers (fall 2009) and the Glimmer Train Fiction Open (spring 2010).

Louima holds a BS in journalism and creative writing from the University of Miami, where he edited the biweekly newspaper, The Miami Hurricane; an MS in management from Nova Southeastern University; and an MFA in writing and literature from Bennington College.

“Goddard has a reputation for strong academic offerings in a unique environment,” said Louima. “I’m very excited to work with an already very strong admissions team to bring Goddard’s unique approach to learning, academic rigor and incredible faculty to more prospective students than ever before. As a writer, I’m also excited about working at a school with one of the best low-residency creative writing MFA degrees in the country.”


About Goddard College
Initially founded in 1863 as the Goddard Seminary in Barre, Vt., Goddard College moved to its current Plainfield campus and was chartered in 1938 by founding President Royce “Tim” Pitkin. In 1963, Goddard became the first U.S. college to offer low-residency adult degree programs. Now offering accredited MA, MFA, BA and BFA degree programs from the main campus in Plainfield, Vermont and sites in Seattle and Port Townsend, Washington, Goddard’s low-residency education model offers the best of on-campus and distance education, with experienced faculty advisors, rigorous on-campus residencies, and the freedom to study from anywhere. More at


Lauren Moye