Jill Mattuck Tarule Elected Chair of Goddard Board

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Jill Mattuck Tarule

PLAINFIELD, Vt. – The Goddard College Board of Trustees elected Goddard alumna and longtime trustee Jill Mattuck Tarule as its new chair.
Jill Mattuck Tarule is a University of Vermont Professor Emerita and, as dean of the College of Education and Social Services, was one of the university’s longest serving deans. Tarule is the recipient of the Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education, the Gender Equity Architect Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and the Jackie M. Gribbons Leadership Award from the Vermont Women in Higher Education.
Tarule’s parents, Robert and Corinne Mattuck, came to Plainfield in 1938 to help establish Goddard at the former Martin farm. After earning her bachelor’s degree at Goddard, Tarule earned a master’s and doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She once served on Goddard’s faculty and as an administrator.
Said Tarule: “Goddard is worth caring about. It has represented, and continues to lead as a model progressive and experimental educational institution that emphasizes individualized learning and assessment for students who are imaginative and responsible citizens. All of us on the Board and at the College are committed to ensuring that the current programs continue to thrive and that Goddard continues to grow as an exciting and creative institution. Goddard has an important place in higher education. I look forward to working with the fine people of the College and Board in this new role.”



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. Goddard now offers accredited MA, MFA, BA and BFA degree programs from the main campus in Plainfield, Vermont and sites in Seattle and Port Townsend, Washington. The 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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