Ellen McCulloch-Lovell named Marlboro College president

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Ellen McCulloch-Lovell named Marlboro College president

Tue, 12/02/2003 - 8:00pm -- tim

Marlboro College named Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, a leader
in the arts, education and public policy in Washington D.C. and Vermont,
to be its eighth president. A 1969 graduate of Bennington College,
McCulloch-Lovell served as executive director of the Vermont Council on
the Arts from 1975 to 1983, during which time she co-created the Governors
Institutes, a program that gives high school students the opportunity to
work with artists, scientists and international experts in summer
institutes.
For the past 20 years, McCulloch-Lovell has worked in
Washington, first as chief of staff to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT),
followed by seven years in the Clinton Administration. She was first
appointed by the President to be executive director of the President's
Committee on the Arts and Humanities, then became deputy chief of staff to
the First Lady and ultimately deputy assistant to the President and
advisor to the First Lady on the Millennium Project. In her role on the
Millennium project, she spearheaded remarkable campaigns in historic
preservation and educational, cultural and environmental programs.
McCulloch-Lovell now heads the Center for Arts and Culture, a small think
tank that works to inform and improve decisions that shape cultural life
in the United States. She is also the director of the Veterans History
Project at the Library of Congress, a program created by Congress to
collect first-hand accounts of war veterans from the two World Wars and
the Korean, Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars.
The news of McCulloch-Lovell's
appointment is being greeted enthusiastically on campus. ³Marlboro
couldn't be more fortunate,² said Rod Gander, Marlboro's interim president
who led the college for 15 years in the 1980s and '90s. ³With her links to
Vermont, her wealth of administrative experience, her demonstrated
interest in culture, the arts and the creative process, Ellen is the
perfect choice to take the college the exciting next step of the way.²
With her background at the Vermont Council on the Arts, McCulloch-Lovell
has long been familiar with Marlboro College, but she said her interest in
becoming a part of the place ignited with her campus visit during the
presidential search process. ³The seriousness of the teaching, the
seriousness of the learning as exemplified through the Plan of
Concentration and the studies that come out of it; I just thought that was
fabulous,² she said. ³When I then got to Marlboro I heard people talking
so seriously and earnestly about community, that I realized it was
possible; that this is a community of learners.²
Congratulations for
Marlboro College and McCulloch-Lovell have arrived from many quarters,
including former employers. ³The appointment of Ellen McCulloch-Lovell as
president of Marlboro College could not be a better one; I know well
Ellen's many qualities as a leader,² said Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
(D-NY). ³Her love for her home state of Vermont, her success at citizen
action and fundraising, and her vast knowledge of federal and state
government will be invaluable.² Senator Leahy added, "Marlboro College is
lucky to get Ellen back to Vermont. The Marlboro community will soon see
that she is a talented, hard-working visionary whose love of learning and
higher education is only matched by her love of Vermont."
Former State Senator Robert Gannett (R-Windham), worked with
McCulloch-Lovell when he was chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee
and she headed the Vermont Council on the Arts. ³This is great news‹not
only for Marlboro College but for the whole state of Vermont,² he said.
³Ellen returns to Vermont with an established knowledge of the state and a
long-time working relationship with individuals and organizations involved
in higher education.² McCulloch-Lovell's selection is the culmination of
six months of intense effort by a search committee as representative of
the college community as it was effective.
Students, faculty and staff all
elected representatives to join a half-dozen trustees in the search. Of
the six trustees, four are alumni, one is the parent of a current
students and one is a former Marlboro administrator. T. Hunter Wilson, a
search committee member who teaches writing and literature at Marlboro,
knows McCulloch-Lovell from her years at the Vermont Council on the Arts.
³Ellen¹s humane intelligence will help inspire all of us at Marlboro to
demand more of ourselves and always to expect the best of each other,² he
said. ³She will bring a fierce idealism about what liberal education means
and about how it develops democratic values and service and therefore
deserves the respect and support of a free society. Her appointment as
president of Marlboro is tremendously exciting.² McCulloch-Lovell will
begin her new duties in April, 2004, and plans to visit campus regularly
in the coming months.
She is married to Christopher Lovell, a professor at
Old Dominion University in Virginia. They have a son, Evan, who lives with
his wife, Kristi, in San Francisco.
Marlboro College is a private,
independent, liberal arts college of 330 students in southeastern Vermont.