Dr Jonathan Spiro named interim president of Castleton University

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees has named Dr Jonathan Spiro interim president of Castleton University. Dr Spiro will begin as interim president June 1 and serve until a search committee names a permanent president.

"It's an honor to be named Castleton's interim president. I'm confident our amazing and hard-working team of faculty and staff will continue our trajectory of success far into the future. While the COVID-19 pandemic creates many challenges for small universities, Castleton will always be a strong and stabilizing force in meeting regional educational needs," Spiro said.

Dr Jonathan Spiro interim president of Castleton University

Dr. Spiro provides a wealth of administrative and education experience, having served in a variety of academic posts since his arrival at Castleton in 2002. During his time at Castleton, he has served as interim provost, academic dean, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and Chair of the Department of History, Geography, Economics, & Political Science. As a professor, Dr. Spiro was the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award for his courses on history, politics, race, slavery, immigration, the ancient Maya, and the nature-nurture debate. As a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, he twice won the "Distinguished Teacher" award.

Dr. Spiro is known nationally as a leading authority on the eugenics movement, and authored the critically acclaimed book "Defending the Master Race: Conservation, Eugenics, and the Legacy of Madison Grant." He is frequently called upon by national media, including The Atlantic and The New York Times, for his perspective on race and nationalism.

Dr. Spiro holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master's degree in American Studies from Pepperdine University in Malibu, and a bachelor's degree in History from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Karen M. Scolforo will continue to serve as Castleton president until May 31.

Dr Scolforo unexpectedly announced March 29 that she would be stepping down. That announcement came the same day VSC Chancellor Jeb Spaulding also officially quit during a VSC Board of Trustees Zoom meeting. Spaulding previously announced he was leaving because his plan to close immediately the VSC campuses in Lyndon, Johnson and Randolph Center was met with fierce opposition. Castleton would have received those residential students.

Under Dr. Scolforo's leadership, Castleton University enjoyed numerous successes and achievements, including enrollment growth, balanced budgets, the establishment of two new campus locations, and the addition of more than 20 academic programs.

Source: Castleton, VT (05/07/2020) The Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees