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September 18, 2012
Contact: Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications

Green Mountain College Endowed Chair Named for Former President

POULTNEY--Green Mountain College recently established its first endowed chair: The John F. and Dianne S. Brennan Chair in Business and Economics, named for the college’s sixth president John “Jack” Brennan, and his wife Dianne. The announcement was made at an 80th birthday celebration for Jack Brennan on September 8.

Dr. Matthew Mayberry, associate professor of business at GMC, will be the first professor named to the chair. Since 1991, when he transitioned from experimental physics to business, Dr. Mayberry has consulted, taught and facilitated groups around the world. He worked for General Atomics Corp. and Silicon Graphics, Inc. before becoming a consultant focusing on organizational transformation and leadership development using computer modeling and business simulations. His client list includes Nike, Dow, Corning, GlaxoSmithKline, Wendy’s and Starwood Hotels. Mayberry holds an MBA from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in physics from MIT .

“Matt’s background as a scholar, teacher and entrepreneur gives him the ideal experience to provide leadership for the undergraduate sustainable business program and the sustainable MBA program at the College,” said GMC president Dr. Paul Fonteyn. “Fostering a spirit of entrepreneurship that reaches across the curriculum is an important goal for the College in the years ahead. Matt will be a key leader in this effort.”

Jack Brennan was president of GMC from 2002 to 2008, a period of significant growth and change for the College. Under his leadership, the College expanded its enrollment and established two online graduate study programs. He presided over the first successful comprehensive campaign in the College’s history and led GMC through a 10-year reaccreditation with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Prior to his arrival at GMC, Brennan was Dean of the Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University from 1991-2002. In the private sector, he served as CEO of Chemical Separations Corp. and H. T. Hackney Co. He also sat on the board of directors of The Timberland Company, Litecontrol and Aerovox Inc.

“With the guidance of the Brennan Chair, this new entrepreneurship initiative will provide students with the knowledge and skills to effect change, whether it is the development of a new business, solutions to business challenges, or alleviation of major social problems,” said GMC provost Dr. William Throop. “While many institutions of higher education have developed centers and institutes focused on entrepreneurship, there are few, if any, that have made it a core component of their curriculum—knowledge and skill to be attained by every student,” Throop said.

GMC created the nation’s first online M.B.A. in sustainable business and has developed a national reputation for sustainability education. The Princeton Review named Green Mountain College to the Green Honor Roll as part of its Best 377 Colleges: 2013 Edition. And for the third year in a row, GMC was nationally ranked by Sierra magazine for the College’s academic programs, research, and energy usage, placing 11th overall in the magazine’s “Coolest Schools” issue.

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