Goddard College Appoints Five New Trustees

Plainfield, Vt. – Goddard College announced today the addition of five new members of the board: Lucinda Garthwaite, Caleb Pitkin, Richard Schramm, Goddard student Kelly Bowen, and faculty member Nicola Morris.

“We are building a board of trustees that can guide Goddard through ever-changing times while maintaining its commitment to progressive education and to helping students make our world a better place,” said Board Chair Avram Patt.

“Caleb, Lucinda, Richard, Kelly and Nicola, each in their own ways, bring to the Board strong past and present connections to Goddard College, as well as the kind of forward-thinking and thoughtfulness we need. We are glad that they have each agreed to join the Board,” he said.

Lucinda Garthwaite is the founding partner of the consulting collaborative, ChangeMakers Partners.  From 2002-2011, she held a variety of positions at Goddard, including faculty member, interim dean for community life, co-director of the B.A. in individualized studies program, founding director of the B.F.A. in creative writing program, special assistant to the president for enrollment management, and, most recently, as academic dean. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of New Hampshire; and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College; as well as an Ed.D. in Leadership for Change from Fielding Graduate University.

Caleb Pitkin is presently a sugarmaker, timber harvester, and beef farmer in Cabot, Vt. He has served on the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, the Cabot Planning Commission, the Cabot Selectboard, The Cabot Zoning Board of Adjustment, and Cabot Revolving Loan Fund Committee.  From 1993 to 1994, he served in the Vermont House, representing the towns of Danville, Cabot, and Peacham. Pitkin holds a B.A. in Social Ecology from Goddard College, and he is the grandson of Goddard College founding president, Tim Pitkin.

Richard Schramm taught at Goddard for 12 years (1991-1998 and 2008-2013). Schramm’s teaching career included professorial posts for 12 years at Cornell University, 10 years at the University of Vermont, 8 years at Tufts University, where he founded and directed the Tufts University Management and Community Development Institute, and 2 years at Columbia University in the Graduate School of Business. He is now retired and enjoying life in Vermont.

Nicola Morris lives in Ithaca, N.Y. and Plainfield, Vt. She teaches in the Goddard College M.F.A. in Creative Writing program, and is retired from the SUNY Cortland English Department. She wrote The Golem in Jewish American Literature, and co-edited The Alchemy of the Word, a collection of essays about writing and teaching. She has published criticism, essays, poems and stories in literary and professional journals, and anthologies.

Kelly Bowen

Kelly Bowen is a current student in the M.F.A. in Creative Writing program and a resident of St. George, Vt. After a 20-year career with organizations involved in promoting international trade, she is now self-employed, and active as a volunteer and board member in her community. Bowen serves on the St. George School Board, the Chittenden South Supervisory Union board, and others.


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 its 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.

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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