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Green Mountain College Appoints New
Graduate Program Directors

POULTNEY, VT (June 25, 2008) – Green Mountain College has announced the appointment of two new leaders for the College’s master’s degree programs.

Karen Martinsen Fleming of Charlotte, Vt., associate professor of business at GMC, has been appointed director of the College’s Master’s of Business Administration program. Fleming brings a strong background of business development, marketing, and teaching experience in higher education. She worked at Procter & Gamble and Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., before become vice-president of marketing at Stonyfield Farm Inc., and then senior vice-president of marketing at Seventh Generation, Inc. She left Seventh Generation in 2004 to start her own business, Coates Walker, Inc., in Milton, Vt., which produces cabinetry and millwork from sustainable, non-toxic materials.

Fleming has an M.B.A. from Harvard University and a B.A. from Dartmouth College. She has taught at the Business Center at the University of Vermont School of Business and at the New England Culinary Institute.

James Harding of Middletown Springs, Vt., associate professor of natural resource management, has been appointed director of the Master’s of Science in Environmental Studies program. Harding founded GMC’s natural resource management program and has taught at GMC since 2003. His research interests have centered on relationships between people and natural environments, including landscape ecology, environmental ethics, public land policy, and conservation initiatives.

Harding holds a Ph.D. in Forestry, from the University of Montana, Missoula; an M.S. in Forestry from University of Maine, Orono; and a B.A. from the University of Evansville, Ind.

Both master's degree programs are offered through a web-based distance learning model that allows students to live at home and carry on a full-time professional career while continuing their education. The first class of M.B.A. graduates received degrees at the College’s commencement ceremonies on May 17. Commencement 2009 will usher in the first graduates of the M.S.E.S. program.


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