Vermont Technical College names Philip Conroy new president

first_imgVermont Technical College,Philip Conroy, Jr., Ed.D. has been appointed president of Vermont Technical College by the Vermont State College’s Board of Trustees following a six-month nationwide presidential search. Dr. Conroy comes to Vermont Tech from Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts, where he serves as vice president of enrollment management and marketing, responsible for admissions, financial aid, marketing, publications, the web site, public relations, and retention related activities.Conroy, who has served in a variety of roles at Mount Ida since 1997, is an internationally recognized expert on higher education management, particularly in the areas of strategic enrollment management and institutional advancement.‘I am excited for Vermont Technical College and the Vermont State Colleges,’ said Gary Moore, Chair of the Vermont State Colleges (VSC) Board of Trustees. ‘I believe Phil Conroy is the right person to take the college to new levels. He is an inspiring educator and leader who will be an asset to the college and to the state.’VSC Chancellor Tim Donovan echoed Moore’s comments, adding, ‘When you look for a next president of a college, you seek the right person for the time and circumstance of the institution. The college community, the Board of Trustees, and I all agree that Dr. Conroy has the skills and character to lead Vermont Tech to an expanded role in Vermont’s economic and educational future. I anticipate that we will see Vermont Tech’s value to Vermont reach even greater heights under Dr. Conroy’s leadership.’Prior to his service at Mount Ida, Dr. Conroy served as the director of development for the College of Food and Natural Resources at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Director of Development and founding Executive Director of the Bridgewater State University Foundation, where he also served as a faculty member, financial aid counselor, and alumni relations director.He has more than thirty years of teaching and management experience in higher education, including resource development, endowment management, volunteer and constituent management, strategic enrollment management, financial aid, integrated marketing, international and multi-cultural education, transition to college and the first year of college. In addition, he has earned a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Conroy is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops in Europe and North America on enrollment management, academic affairs, and institutional advancement issues, and he’s served in a number of volunteer positions, both in higher education and in his local community.‘I am extremely excited about joining the Vermont Tech community,’ Conroy said following his appointment Thursday night. ‘During my visit to campus in November I was very impressed by the ambition of the Vermont Tech community to plan and adapt to the changing educational needs of the state of Vermont, and its desire to expand the college’s influence both within the state and beyond where appropriate. We all understand the realities and challenges posed by the declining numbers of high school students graduating from northern New England high schools, as well as the financial realities of operating a public college in a state with limited financial resources. As I look ahead, I see Vermont Tech becoming an example of how strong an institution can be with a profound commitment to its public mission despite limited public funding.’‘I am also intrigued by the potential for Vermont Tech evolving into an ‘applied university’ serving the state of Vermont and greater New England region. Through partnerships statewide with business leaders and other institutions, the college could potentially evolve from its roots as an associate degree institution to a recognized and well-respected bachelor’s degree institution. This, in fact, is what I have been involved with at Mount Ida for the past thirteen years. There are some very exciting and intriguing possibilities ahead for Vermont Tech, and I am looking forward to joining the faculty and staff and bringing those possibilities to reality.’Conroy earned his Doctorate of Education in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; his Master of Education in educational administration from Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island; and his Bachelor of Science in education from Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He has also completed graduate studies at the University of Tampere, Finland; University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and Boston College.He will assume Vermont Tech’s presidency on April 1, replacing interim president Patricia Menchini, who was named to the position when former president Ty Handy resigned in June, 2010.Founded in 1866, Vermont Technical College is a public, coeducational, undergraduate institution offering more than 25 bachelor’s and associate degree programs. Vermont Tech currently enrolls approximately 1,650 students. For more information, visit us on the Web at is external).RANDOLPH CENTER, VT ‘ December 10, 2010 ‘last_img read more

Credit union marketing must change now, not next month or next year

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Looking for some marketing motivation? Here’s the top three reasons your Credit Union Marketing & Sales strategy should change ASAP!1. The Returns are Compounding, so the Sooner You Begin the Better Your Results will be in 2017According to Digital Distillers “Inbound marketing is a strategy that offers continuous and compounding benefits. Unlike traditional marketing (magazine advert) your inbound content assets (a blog) will continue to generate awareness, website traffic, and position you as a thought leader over time. They’re continuously working for you, no matter how long ago you created them.”And in one well-regarded digital marketing study the author found that more than half of his top performing blogs charted for the study had the majority of page views one or more days AFTER the content was published. Even more impressive is that his readership increased 8% per month! So total page views were going LONG after content was initially published, and his blog audience was growing month over month as well! continue reading »last_img read more

Patti Smith discusses music, life

first_imgSmith came to Bovard Auditorium on Tuesday evening as part of a Visions and Voices signature event.Smith also treated the audience to a mini-concert, performing hits like “Because the Night” and “Banga.” She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 and was included on Rolling Stone’s list of greatest artists in 2011.Josh Kun, an associate professor of communication and journalism, moderated a conversation with Smith that touched on her approach to art, relationship with photographer Robert Mappelthorpe and childhood belief that toys come to life at night.The 1975 release of Smith’s debut album, Horses, earned her the moniker “The Godmother of Punk” and included songs that paid homage to some of American music’s greats, such as Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix.“The last song, “Elegie,” gave me a great way to deal with losing some of the best voices of my generation,” Smith said, who has often used art to transform grief. “You have to step back from [grief] and understand that what you’ve lost is a beautiful thing.”In the question-and-answer segment at the end of the evening, Smith responded to one student with a nugget of artistic wisdom.“As an artist, one should shed all ideas about race and gender. All of those labels are shackles,” Smith said. “The whole idea is to create a work that transcends all those things.”This advice particularly resonated with Maxwell Subar, a freshman majoring in music industry.“Tonight made me want to do what she does and express myself the way she does,” Subar said.Known also for her activism and seminal artistic voice, Smith was named one of TIME’s most influential people of all time in 2011. She has been connected with the Green Party and has spoken out against the War in Iraq.“I love my country,” Smith said after Kun asked her how American tradition influenced her work. “What we have going for us is our youth. Rock and Roll, Jackson Pollock, the Declaration of Independence — we gave that to the world.”But Smith also spoke about her disappointment in America. “We have a lot of stains. We are tainted. And instead of trying to cleanse ourselves, we keep piling on more tainted-ness,” she said, woefully recounting how even as a 7-year-old she knew dropping bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was wrong.Smith even touched on the current gun control debate.“Our forefathers didn’t talk about the right to own machine guns,” Smith said. “They were more concerned about our right to ask questions.”Many students came to the event to learn more about Smith.“I’ve always admired her but just recently got into her music,” said Robert Guard, a senior majoring in film and television production who saw this as a Visions and Voices event he shouldn’t miss.Meanwhile, some students have been fans of Smith’s for years, like Felicia Ho, a junior majoring in critical studies. Ho was in line to get her copy of Just Kids signed after the event.“I’ve liked [Smith’s] music since I was in high school. She’s definitely one of my favorite artists,” Ho said. American music icon Patti Smith spoke to students, faculty and fans from around Los Angeles about her childhood, artistic influences, memories from the 1970s and her best-selling memoir Just Kids.Evening tunes · Patti Smith, a singer-song writer, performs for and talks with students Tuesday evening at Bovard Auditorium. – Maddy Campion | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

Flames gut house; officials seek cause

first_imgCANYON COUNTRY – A fire gutted a home in Canyon Country on Wednesday, causing about $200,000 in damage to the structure and contents, a fire captain said. The man who lives at the Wagon Wheel Road house was not home when the fire broke out shortly before 1p.m., authorities said. The fire engulfed the house in flames and smoke. “They could see it from about six miles away,” Los Angeles County fire Capt. William Reimer said. The fire caused about $150,000 in damage to the house’s structure and $50,000 in damage to its contents, he said. The displaced resident is staying with his father. Twenty-eight firefighters battled the blaze, which they extinguished about 1:25p.m., department spokesman Inspector Sam Padilla said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire. A firefighter suffered minor burns, Inspector Jason Hurd said. last_img read more