VSCS Chancellor Jeb Spaulding will submit resignation

Board of Trustees to hold public meeting tomorrow night

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont State Colleges System (VSCS) Chancellor, Jeb Spaulding, today announced plans to resign from the post after more than five years leading the organization. Spaulding will formally submit his resignation to the Board of Trustees at a meeting scheduled for tomorrow night. Spaulding has led the organization through a time of significant challenges and disruption in higher education. These challenges have been intensified by the global COVID-19 pandemic causing more strain on organizational finances and leading the chancellor to make the recent controversial recommendation to close three VSCS campuses, which he withdrew last week.

“It is with a heavy heart, but firm resolve that I submit my resignation as Chancellor of this incredible organization that I have been so privileged to lead,” said Spaulding. “Ensuring that every student, including those who are marginalized, non-traditional and from underserved and rural communities has the opportunity to attain an affordable post-secondary degree, certificate, or training must continue to be the focus. I realize that a fresh perspective and new leadership is necessary to move the VSCS forward in its mission. I will continue to do all I can to provide support in the transition and champion the System’s leaders as they work through the challenges ahead.”

The Board of Trustees will consider next steps for leadership at its Wednesday meeting. Plans are under consideration to appoint VSCS General Counsel Sophie Zdatny to lead the Vermont State Colleges System for a short period as interim Chancellor, until a longer-term interim Chancellor can be identified and selected.

“We deeply appreciate Jeb’s extended career in service to Vermont and Vermonters. We at the Vermont State Colleges System have valued his contributions as our Chancellor, and we wish him well as he charts his next course,” said Board of Trustees Chairman, J. Churchill Hindes. “I also want to thank Sophie Zdatny for her willingness to step up during this transition. We want to assure the VSCS family and the broader Vermont community that we will seek out strong interim leadership to steady the organization and position it for sustainability in the years ahead.”

The Board of Trustees will meet via Zoom at 7pm tomorrow night (April 29, 2020). The public may view the meeting here: www.vsc.edu/live

From 2011 to 2014 Spaulding served as Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Administration, the senior cabinet position in the Executive Branch, under Governor Peter Shumlin. In 2003, he won his first of five elections to become Vermont State Treasurer and was honored by his peers in 2009 as President of the National Association of State Treasurers.

Spaulding was a Vermont State Senator from 1985 to 2000, chairing, at various points, the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senate Education Committee, Joint Fiscal Committee, and Joint Administrative Rules Committee. During his time as a State Senator, he was a trustee of the New England Board of Higher Education and a Commissioner of the Education Commission of the States.

Earlier in his career, Spaulding served as the Director of Career and Workforce Development at the Vermont Department of Education, and as Director of the VAST Program—the Vermont Academy of Science and Technology—at Vermont Technical College.

After graduating from UVM, Spaulding entered the radio broadcasting industry and became a founder of WNCS-FM, now known as 104.7 The Point, and a general partner of Precision Media, Inc.

Source: Montpelier, VT – Vermont State Colleges System 4.28.2020. PHOTO: VBM file.