President’s Advisory Committee
Robert P. Kenny, a native of Vermont, returned to Goddard College in April 2014 after serving as vice president of finance and administration at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, N.J. He had overseen finance and administration as well as academic affairs while at Goddard from 2008 to 2011. Prior to that he served in administrative roles and as a professor of business at St. Michael’s College. Kenny has an MBA from the University of Vermont. He served as Interim President at Goddard from April 30, 2014 to July 1, 2015.
Chief Academic Officer and Academic Dean
Lewis Jones was previously the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Bluefield State College in West Virginia, the vice president for academic affairs at Wilberforce University in Ohio, director of academic affairs and chief academic officer at Webster University in Missouri, and dean of faculty at Grantham University in Kansas, among other senior-level academic positions. As a college professor, he taught philosophy of education, policy and history, as well as urban planning and development, at Mankato State University, Cal State San Bernardino, Central Connecticut State University at New Britain, and the University of Louisville. He received tenure twice: He was a tenured professor of graduate education in the Department of Advanced Studies at Cal State San Bernardino and a tenured associate professor in the School of Urban Planning at the University of Louisville. His scholarship on innovations in higher education have been published in the Journal of Public Personnel Management, Journal Resources in Education, Scholar and Educator Journal, and the Journal of the Midwest History of Education Society, among others.
Acting Chief Advancement & Strategy Officer
Lucinda Garthwaite is a writer and strategist focusing on liberatory systems change. She is the founding partner of the consulting collaborative, ChangeMakers Partners, working to increase the impact of educational, non-profit and business organizations focused on social justice, and was a fellow in Social change, Diversity and Inclusion at the Fielding University Institute for Social Innovation from 2015-2017. Lucinda held a variety of positions at Goddard from 2002-2011, beginning on the faculty of the individualized BA program. She served as interim dean for community life, co-director of the Individualized BA program, founding director of the BFA in Creative Writing program, special assistant to the president for enrollment management, and academic dean. Lucinda was also interim academic dean at Vermont College of Fine Arts, associate dean for student life at the University of New Hampshire, and program coordinator at Outright GLBTQ youth-adult partnership in Portland, Maine. She taught writing and women’s studies at the University of New Hampshire, Bradford College and Granite State College. With her sister, Lynn G. Olsen (M.Ed. ’96), she founded Teachers’ House, an all-volunteer nonprofit supporting teachers as thinkers and leaders on the ongoing evolution of education for positive social change.
Chief Business Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer
Sherri Molleur has more than 30 years of experience as an accountant, comptroller and director of business services in higher education, municipal government, and the private sector. She served as director of Goddard’s Business Office for 5 ½ years before assuming the post of chief business officer and interim chief financial officer. Prior to assuming a leadership role in the Business Office, Molleur held various posts, including staff accountant in the Goddard Business Office, assistant comptroller at the Independent Food Company in Burlington, VT, and financial assistant in the City of Burlington Treasurer’s Office. Molleur has an AS in accounting from Champlain College.
Dean of Community Life
Susan Wilson has been focused on student leadership and success for more than 30 years. The product of a small college, liberal arts education, Susan spent the majority of her professional life as a student life director or dean at large public universities. Through these various roles she has been a bridge for student involvement in college governance, planning and independent learning. Susan was the director of student activities and leadership and and assistant dean of students at the University of Michigan, acting director of student activities at the University of Vermont, and assistant director of student activities and summer conference coordinator at Earlham College. Susan has earned a BA in English from Willamette University, and an MEd in student personnel services in higher education from the University of Vermont. She is a certified social justice mediator and a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
Director of Human Resources
Leesa Stewart has grown and developed mission driven organizations for over twenty-years. The projects Leesa has been involved in include the merger of the national organizations Sane and the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign (now Peace-Action); the facility expansion and BA accreditation process of the former Woodbury College in Montpelier, Vermont and the merger of the New England Culinary Institute and the Virginia Marti College of Art and Design. As Director of Finance and Administration at the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, Leesa developed foundational systems that enabled the organization’s growth and facilitated the successful passage of environmental legislation. As Municipal Manager of the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District, Leesa led this union municipality through a process of financial recovery and programmatic growth, while hiring talented team to expand educational activities and environmental services to nineteen member towns. Leesa holds a BA in Public Administration from Southern New Hampshire University and a professional certificate in Human Resources Management from Champlain College. Leesa will achieve a Master’s in Human Resources Management from Southern New Hampshire University in April of 2018.