Lisa Ventriss to lead Champlain College’s Stiller School of Business as interim dean

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Lisa Ventriss to lead Champlain College’s Stiller School of Business as interim dean

Wed, 09/22/2021 - 11:34am -- tim
Former Vermont Business Roundtable CEO to expand business community connections to the College

Vermont Business Magazine Champlain College announces the addition of Lisa Ventriss as Interim Dean of its Robert P Stiller School of Business. Ventriss retired after 19 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Vermont Business Roundtable earlier this year. During her tenure, she championed the creation of the Vermont Talent Pipeline Management, which seeks to align critical industry needs with the state’s education and training providers. Ventriss came out of retirement to assume her position as Champlain’s Interim Dean at the start of this academic year.

“Students today must learn to take theories from the classroom and experience how they play out in the real world. Additionally, it’s critical for students to begin to build their business networks while still in school,” Interim Dean Ventriss explained. “Vermont businesses have always valued Champlain College as a good partner for internships and recruitment. I am excited to expand these important connections between Vermont employers and Champlain students and increase the visibility and integration of the Stiller School of Business within and beyond Vermont.”

Lisa Ventriss, Interim Dean of its Robert P Stiller School of Business. VBR photo.

Interim President Dave Finney said, “Champlain’s innovative, career-focused education is brought to life at the Stiller School of Business, where we aim to shape students into leaders who can play on a world stage and drive positive change in their lives, workplaces, communities, and the world. With Lisa’s extensive experience, and Champlain’s long history of career-focused education, we are uniquely positioned to contribute to Vermont’s economic development and help address workforce needs in the state by creating steady employment pipelines between Vermont-based organizations and students.”

Ventriss will focus on strengthening the engagement of regional employers in Champlain’s academic programs and career offerings. This expanded network will help inform Champlain’s strengths-based curriculum, build on programs that connect students with mentors and learning experiences within Vermont’s business community, and expand opportunities for students after graduation.

About Champlain College: Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and more than 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain’s distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. For the seventh year in a row, Champlain was named a “Most Innovative School” in the North by U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Colleges” rankings, and was listed among The Princeton Review’s “The Best 387 Colleges” in 2022. Champlain is also featured in the 2021 Fiske Guide to Colleges as one of the “best and most interesting schools” in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain and was recognized as a 2020 College of Distinction for its “Engagement, Teaching, Community, and Outcomes.” For more information, visit

Source: Burlington, VT (September 22, 2021) Champlain College