Goddard Appoints New Trustees

Plainfield, Vt. – Goddard College today announced the election of four new members to its board of trustees: Danielle Boutet, Mark Jones, Joseph Orange, and James Ross.

“We are pleased to announce that our new at-large members were selected out of forty-five nominated candidates, and will be joining the board at its March meeting,” said Jill Mattuck Tarule, Chair of the Trusteeship Committee. “These four individuals will bring diverse skills, experiences, and socio-cultural perspectives, helping to enhance the board and our work,” she said.

Danielle Boutet Danielle Boutet is a full professor and researcher at the University of Québec in Rimouski. She is an interdisciplinary artist, music composer, and member of the International Center For Transdisciplinary Research (CIRET).  She founded Goddard College’s MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program in Plainfield in 1997, where she remained director until 2008. Boutet is a 1991 graduate of Goddard’s Individualized Master of Arts Program.


Mark JonesMark Jones is the director of the Leadership & Organization Development Program at Saybrook University in California. Prior to his work at Saybrook, Jones was CEO of the Sunyata Group, where he continues to consult on issues including health care and financial system reform, and green economy initiatives. He received his PhD in Organizational Systems from Saybrook University, and his MS in Management from Antioch University in Seattle.


Joe OrangeJoseph Orange is a jazz musician and retired health insurance human resources executive.  He currently volunteers as a community advisor and fundraiser for the Bronx African-American History Project at Fordham University, and as a mentor for at-risk children in Columbia, Maryland. Orange is a 2008 graduate of Goddard College’s Individualized Bachelor of Arts Program.





Jim RossJames C. Ross is a long-time higher education advocate and policymaker. From 2004 to 2009, he served as president of the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation, and prior to that, from 1994 to 2002, was president of the New York Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities. Ross is currently a principal with Ross-Holbrook Associates, a higher education public policy consulting firm in Burlington, Vt. He received his Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from the State University of New York at Albany, his Master of Arts from New York University, and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt.


About Goddard College

Goddard College was initially founded in 1863 as the Goddard Seminary in Barre, Vt. The 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, and now offers accredited MA, MFA, BA, and BFA degree programs from Plainfield and sites in Seattle and Port Townsend, Wash. Goddard’s intensive, low-residency, student-centered model offers the best of on-campus and distance learning, with experienced faculty advisors, rigorous campus residencies, and the freedom to study from anywhere. More at goddard.edu.