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New England Board of Higher Education Honors GMC President John F. Brennan

POULTNEY, VT - The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) has announced that Green Mountain College President John F. (Jack) Brennan is the 2008 recipient of the organization’s Vermont State Merit Award.

The award recognizes Brennan for his leadership at GMC and for his innovative work to improve higher education opportunities in the northeast.

"Jack Brennan exemplifies extraordinary leadership ability, financial sophistication, academic vision, and courage to make tough decisions," says Barbara W. Wellnitz, Chair of the GMC Board of Trustees. "On behalf of the Board, I congratulate Jack on this well-deserved award and recognition for his many achievements throughout his career in both academia and business."

The Boston-based NEBHE presents an annual merit award to one individual, program, organization, institution or business in each of the six New England states — Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont – based on nominations from their peers and colleagues.

“NEBHE’s primary mission is to ensure that all of our region’s students are ready to succeed and have access to quality, affordable higher education opportunities,” says NEBHE Chair and former Maine state senator Mary R. Cathcart. “The programs, organizations and individuals who are recipients of Excellence Awards represent the NEBHE mission in action.”

Hundreds of New England’s business, education, government and nonprofit leaders are expected to turn out for the awards ceremony on March 14 at Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.

Brennan, who began his tenure as president of Green Mountain College in September of 2002, has spearheaded a turn-around in the College’s academic and financial standing. Some notable accomplishments include the completion of the largest capital campaign in the College’s history; the achievement of five consecutive budget surpluses; a 35 percent increase in admissions; and the introduction of online master’s degree programs.

For more information, call the Green Mountain College Office of Communications at 802-287-8311.

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