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Date: September 6, 2012
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GMC Graduate Program Introduces 2012-13 Scholar in Residence Marty Strange

POULTNEY, VT--Green Mountain College announces that Marty Strange of Randolph, Vt., will be the 2012-2013 Scholar in Residence to support the College’s Master’s of Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS) program.

Strange was a co-founder and, for 23 years, program director of the Nebraska-based Center for Rural Affairs, one of the pioneering organizations in the sustainable agriculture movement. For 15 years he managed a public policy program for the Rural School and Community Trust, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen rural schools and communities.

Strange holds a M.S. degree in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri and has served as an expert witness in class action and public interest lawsuits, testifying on agricultural economics issues. His book Family Farming: A New Economic Vision, first published in 1988 and re-released in a new edition in 2008, is a leading critique of industrial agriculture and a defense of family farming.

He is the recipient of the Public Service Achievement Award from Common Cause and the Distinguished Service to Rural Life Award from the Rural Sociological Society. He now serves as a trustee of the Vermont Land Trust and the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, and is president of the Randolph (VT) Area Community Development Corporation.

Strange begins his work at GMC as an instructor, student advisor, and course designer with the MSFS program, and he will be teaching an agricultural policy class for undergraduates in the spring semester. As scholar in residence, he will present workshops and lectures to students during the program residency in February.

“Before most of us were even wrapping our heads around the issues, Marty was finding ways to articulate just how unsustainable many of our modern industrial farming practices are—not just for the environment but also for rural communities and the national economy,” said Philip Ackerman-Leist, director of the MSES program. “And he has not stopped by offering a critique and then walking away. He has also worked hard to develop a vision for family farms and the communities which surround and support them.”

Green Mountain College now offers three graduate degree programs including the Sustainable MBA, an M.S. in Environmental Studies and the MSFS program, which is in its second year of operation. The MSFS is the first online program in Sustainable Food Systems in the country. All of the masters programs were created for working professionals and are conducted largely online. Each also offers an annual residency featuring nationally-renowned experts, providing students with the opportunity to interact with colleagues and faculty and meet nationally recognized scholars.

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