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Green Mountain College Names Dr. Paul J. Fonteyn as Next President

POULTNEY, VT-The Board of Trustees of Green Mountain College announced today that Dr. Paul J. Fonteyn, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Boston, has been named President of the College, effective July 1. He will succeed John F. Brennan, who is retiring in June after a six-year tenure as President. Fonteyn's appointment comes as the College approaches its 175th anniversary in 2009.

In announcing the appointment of Fonteyn, Barbara Wellnitz, chair of Green Mountain College's Board of Trustees, stated "We are all extremely pleased to bring a top caliber teacher, researcher, and institutional leader to Green Mountain College. Paul Fonteyn has an outstanding record of achievement in development, grant writing, and environmental issues, and is committed to building on the College's reputation as the national leader in environmental liberal arts education."

The appointment concludes a search launched in the fall of 2007, led by an 11-member committee including six trustees, two faculty members, two staff members, and a current student. The committee, chaired by Trustee Robert C. Allen, chose Fonteyn among 63 applicants.

"The College community can be proud that this search attracted so many high quality candidates," said Brennan. "I'm delighted with Paul's appointment-he brings to the position strong academic and administrative experience. I'm confident he will build on our recent successes here at Green Mountain College."

Fonteyn's employment history is diverse and far-reaching. In his six years at UMass Boston, he directed the university's re-accreditation process and established the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies-the university's first new college in two decades. He also led faculty in the development of a successful proposal for science teaching that resulted in a $12.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the largest award in the university's history.

At San Francisco State University, Fonteyn served as Dean of Graduate Studies, Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs, and Interim Director of Development. As Dean of Graduate Studies he administered the largest graduate division in the California State University system. He led the development of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, resulting in a substantial increase in awards from $12 million in 1991 to $45 million in 2002.

Earlier in his career, Fonteyn was Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs and Professor of Biology at Southwest Texas State University. He is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

"My wife and I are very pleased that I have been chosen as the next President of Green Mountain College; we are looking forward to beginning this new adventure, building on the strong foundation already established by the extraordinary efforts of President Brennan and the Board of Trustees over the past six years," Fonteyn said.

The new Green Mountain College President is no stranger to the Poultney area. Fonteyn and his wife, Marsha, purchased a camp built in 1900, on the west side of Lake Bomoseen, which they have been restoring for the past three years.

"Both of us enjoy participating in local community events and believe that one of the major responsibilities of a college president is fostering strong 'town-gown' relationships," said Fonteyn. The couple have already participated in several events in support of local community events, including attendance at a fund-raising dinner for the Rutland Dismas House, participation in Rutland County American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, and patronage of several productions held at the Paramount Theatre to benefit the United Way.

Fonteyn will take up his new position July 5.

Founded in 1834, Green Mountain College is a private, 4-year liberal arts institution that takes the environment as a unifying theme across the curriculum. The college offers 20 majors to its 800 students. Green Mountain students hail from most of the United States and from 20 foreign countries. For more information about the college, visit or call 800-776-6675.


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Barbara Wellnitz
Chair, Green Mountain College Board of Trustees
Cell: 508-330-3828
Office: 508-698-3374

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