News and Announcements

August 2015

Goddard College to Award Honorary Doctorate to Comedian Jonathan Katz

PLAINFIELD, Vt. – Comedian and actor Jonathan Katz will receive an honorary doctorate at Goddard College’s Sept. 6 commencement ceremony, President Robert Kenny announced. Kenny will confer 16 graduate degrees to students earning the Master of Arts in Psychology and the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Kenny will present Katz with the […]

July 2015

Goddard Announces the Appointment of New Chief Academic Officer

PLAINFIELD, Vt. – Goddard College President Robert P. Kenny today announced the appointment of Lewis Jones, Ph.D., as the Chief Academic Officer and Academic Dean of the College. Jones joins the College on September 14. “We are extremely happy that Dr. Jones has agreed to assume this pivotal role at Goddard College,” President Kenny said. […]

Goddard Reaches Agreements with Faculty, Staff Unions

Favorable ratification ends nearly three years of negotiations PLAINFIELD, Vt.—Goddard College faculty and staff voted overwhelmingly in favor of the terms of new, three-year union contracts. The ratification ends 27 months of negotiations between the College and bargaining units. “This is a contract that management and labor worked very hard to craft together,” said Goddard […]

Goddard community urged to ‘confront racism in every corner of our lives’

PLAINFIELD, Vt. – The Goddard College Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution declaring their support for the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where nine people were killed in a racially motivated mass shooting. The Board motion, which was adopted at the Board’s June 27 meeting, reads: Consistent with the values of the College, the […]

June 2015

Goddard Hires New Director of Human Resources

Plainfield resident Gloria Abbiati to lead HR department Plainfield, Vt.— Goddard College has announced that Gloria Abbiati, PHR, of Plainfield, Vt., is the College’s new director of human resources. “We welcome Gloria and her extensive human resources experience to Goddard. With a proven track record in strategic guidance, creative problem solving, and administering core human […]

May 2015

MFA Alumna Wins 2015 Donald Justice Poetry Prize

Congratulations to Pat Valdata (MFAW ’91) who, with Jeff Hardin, has won the Donald Justice Prize for poetry in 2015. Each will receive a $1,000 prize and their books will be published by West Chester University. The competition, for a book-length manuscript written primarily in form, was judged by poet Dick Davis. Valdata, adjunct associate […]

April 2015

Fall/Winter 2015 Alumni Arts Project Award Winners

New grant supports graduates who bring the arts into their communities PLAINFIELD, Vt.—Goddard College is proud to announce the recipients of the inaugural Alumni Arts Project Award, a new bi-annual grant that aims to bring the arts to communities by supporting new work by graduates of the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program. Five alumni artists […]

Goddard Appoints New President

Interim president Robert Kenny named 11th president of Goddard College Plainfield, Vt., and Port Townsend, Wash.— The Goddard College Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Robert P. Kenny as the 11th president of Goddard College, where he has been serving an interim appointment since April 30, 2014. The board recently voted unanimously to […]

MFA in Writing Program Offers Two New Genres

Dramatic writing students may now focus on television and libretto writing Plainfield, Vt., and Port Townsend, Wash.— Goddard College announced that its low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFAW) program will offer two new areas of study, television writing and libretto writing, beginning in June of 2015, the start of its fall semester. […]

March 2015

Goddard College Honors Local Activists

Alumni and Environmental Advocates to Receive Awards at Goddard Commencement Ceremony PLAINFIELD, Vt. — Goddard College presents two Marshfield residents with awards this Sunday, March 29th. Longtime farmer Wilmer Brandt will receive the Goddard Award for Excellence and cultural anthropologist Dan Chodorkoff will receive the Fourth Annual Presidential Award for Activism at an award ceremony […]