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April 6, 2009
Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications

Green Mountain College Celebrates Inauguration of Dr. Paul J. Fonteyn
POULTNEY--Paul J. Fonteyn will be officially installed as Green Mountain College’s seventh president on Friday, April 24 at 2 p.m. at the College’s Waldron Athletic Center.

Dr. Fonteyn assumed his duties at GMC in July 2008, succeeding John F. Brennan who retired last June after a six-year tenure as President. Fonteyn's appointment comes as the College celebrates its 175th anniversary in 2009. His appointment concluded a search launched in the fall of 2007, led by an 11-member committee including trustees, faculty, staff, and students. The committee, chaired by Robert C. Allen, chose Fonteyn from a pool of 63 candidates.

Before coming to GMC, Dr. Fonteyn served as Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University of Massachusetts-Boston for six years. During his tenure he directed the university’s re-accreditation process, oversaw the hiring of the most diverse and highly qualified faculty in the history of the university, and established the first new college in two decades, the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies. He also spearheaded the development of a strong partnership with the Dana-Farber Harvard Cancer Center focused on the elimination of health disparities.

The inaugural celebration caps a week full of activities that pay homage to Green Mountain College’s recent accomplishments as a national leader in environmental sustainability, while looking forward to its future with the investiture of a new president.

Highlights include The Thomas L. Benson Lecture, an annual event that brings a distinguished speaker to the College to address critical issues facing American society and the world. The address will be delivered at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 23 by Dr. Carlos Sanchez, associate veterinarian of the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park. Dr. Sanchez is internationally recognized for pioneering veterinary training programs. He was involved in the development of a preventative medicine program at the Panda Base in Chengdu, China, and in performing annual exams on cheetahs at the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia.

At 8 p.m. the same evening, the College will formally dedicate the renovated performing arts space in the Ackley building as The Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall. The first performance in this newly named venue will be an Inaugural Choral Concert by the GMC Choir featuring music composed especially for the occasion. The concert hall was named for a 1909 graduate whose international opera career was shaped through a love of music she discovered at GMC. Both The Thomas L. Benson Lecture and the Inaugural Choral Concert are free and open to the public.

For a summary of other public events during Inauguration and Earth Week, view the Earth Week Schedule.

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