• New trustees on board at Goddard College
    By Eric Blaisdell
     | August 16,2014
     

    BARRE — The Goddard College board of trustees has five new members.

    This week, the school announced the appointment of Lucinda Garthwaite, Caleb Pitkin, Richard Schramm, Kelly Bowen and Nicola Morris.

    Morris was selected by faculty members to represent them on the board, and Bowen was selected by the students. The three others were appointed by the board itself per recommendations from its trusteeship committee.

    Chairman Avram Patt said Friday the board now has 13 members. He said the school’s bylaws don’t give a maximum for how many members can be on the board, but it must have at least nine. The board’s three selections are replacing those whose term limits had been met last year; the bylaws allow for a maximum of two three-year terms per member.

    According to a news release, Garthwaite has held several jobs at the school from 2002 to 2011, such as a faculty member, interim dean for community life, co-director of the Bachelor of Arts in individualized studies program, founding director of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing program, special assistant to the president for enrollment management and academic dean. She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Goddard.

    Schramm was a faculty member at the school for 12 years, from 1991 to 1998 and again from 2008 to 2013. He also has teaching experience at the University of Vermont, Cornell University and Tufts University.

    Patt said because of the experience Garthwaite and Schramm have at Goddard, they understand the school and its principles.

    Pitkin is a sugar maker, timber harvester and beef farmer in Cabot. He is also the grandson of Tim Pitkin, the school’s founding president. Pitkin has a lengthy record of community service, with experience serving on the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, the Cabot Planning Commission, the Cabot Select Board, the Cabot Zoning Board of Adjustment, and the Cabot Revolving Loan Fund Committee. He also served as a representative in the Legislature from 1993 to 1994.

    “It’s important as a statement of continuity that we keep our connection with the Pitkin family,” Patt said.

    Morris teaches creative writing at Goddard and lives in Ithaca, New York, and Plainfield. According to the release, she wrote “The Golem in Jewish American Literature” and co-edited “The Alchemy of the Word,” a collection of essays about writing and teaching.

    “I’ve known (Morris) from Plainfield for a long time, and I think she’ll be a good board member,” Patt said.

    Bowen is studying to get her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. She lives in St. George. Bowen is self-employed and serves on the St. George School Board and the Chittenden South Supervisory Union board.

    eric.blaisdell

    @timesargus.com

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