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President's Biography

Paul J. Fonteyn began his service as the 7th president of Green Mountain College in July 2008. He previously served for six years as provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Massachusetts Boston. One of his primary goals for Green Mountain College is to create a student body highly engaged in learning and in serving others.

For much of his career, Dr. Fonteyn has worked to provide opportunities for students to pursue careers in both the environmental and biomedical sciences. At UMass Boston, he led the National Science Foundation (NSF)-sponsored Urban Massachusetts Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation and established the Center for Science and Mathematics Education. He is currently the principal investigator of a $3.1 million NSF grant to establish a national network of neighbor science centers located in impoverished urban neighborhoods.

Dr. Fonteyn has been Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs at San Francisco State University and Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Projects at Southwest Texas State University. He received his B.S. degree in biology from the University of San Francisco and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has published his research in such prestigious journals as Nature and The Journal of Ecology, and has generated approximately $9.5M in extramural grants and contracts.


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