Goddard College Names Three Trustees

Plainfield, Vt. – Goddard College today announced significant additions to the college’s board of trustees. At a recent board meeting, the nominations for Suzanne Forsyth, Carole Marks, and Carl Taylor were unanimously approved.

“We are honored to welcome these trustees to the board,” said Barbara Vacarr, president of Goddard College. “We appreciate their experience, expertise, and commitment to the college, and their deep understanding of the need for higher education to assume a leadership role in addressing the complex issues we currently face in our country and the world.”

Suzanne Forsyth served as director of Human Resources at the American Council on Education (ACE) for more than 24 years. Forsyth’s major accomplishments at ACE include developing a comprehensive health insurance program for ACE and other higher education associations, and building alliances for women and people of color. Forsyth now runs her own consulting practice, Suzanne Forsyth Associates, based in Washington, D.C., which focuses on areas of organizational planning and team building. Forsyth currently lives and works in Washington, D.C.

Carole Marks is the CEO of Focus Communications, Inc., a successful media company dedicated to spreading a message of generational equality. Focus Communications owns “Talkers,” the leading trade publication in the fields of talk radio and talk television. Marks oversees the operation of a nationally syndicated daily radio program titled “A Touch of Grey: The Talk Show for Grownups,” which explores all aspects of being over 50 years old. Guests of the show have included Mary Chapin Carpenter, Billy Joel and John McEnroe. Marks currently lives and works in Mystic, Connecticut.

Carl Taylor is a social worker and founder of the Newport Adolescent-Adult Programs, Inc. and the Carl Gary Taylor Foundation for Children, Inc. Taylor currently serves as the president of these organizations, both of which are based in Newport, Vermont. Taylor has worked to advance issues of importance to Vermont’s youth, such as substance abuse prevention and community youth engagement, for over 20 years. Taylor currently lives in Derby, Vermont.

About Goddard College

Goddard College was chartered in 1938 at its Plainfield, Vermont campus by founding President Royce “Tim” Pitkin. In 1963, Goddard became the first American college to offer adult-degree programs, and now specializes in MA,

MFA, BA and BFA low-residency education. Offering accredited degree programs from campuses in Plainfield, Vermont and Port Townsend, Washington, Goddard’s low-residency format offers the best of on-campus and distance education, with experienced faculty advisors, rigorous on-campus residencies, and the freedom to study from anywhere.


Kevin Ellis
KSE Partners, LLP

802-371-8112 kevin@ksepartners.com

Important Announcement

The Board of Directors for Goddard College have made the difficult decision to close the college at the end of the 2024 Spring term.  


Current Goddard students will have the opportunity to complete their degrees at the same tuition rate through a teach-out with like-minded institution, Prescott College. Updates and scholarship funds will be available in the coming weeks and months. Information will be posted to www.goddard.edu

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