Conroy Appointed Vt. Tech President

Front Page / Dec. 16, 2010 12:53pm EST

Philip Conroy Jr. has been appointed president of Vermont Technical College by the Vermont State College's board of trustees following a six-month nationwide search.

Conroy comes to Vermont Tech from Mount Ida College in Newton, Mass., where he serves as a vice president, responsible for admissions, financial aid, marketing, publications, the web site, public relations, and retention related activities.

Conroy was one of two candidates forwarded to the board by a search committee which screened 47 aplicants. The other was Kathleen Nelson, the former president of Lake Superior College in Duluth, Minn.

Conroy is also an internationally recognized expert on higher education management, particularly in the areas of strategic enrollment management and institutional advancement.

“I believe Phil Conroy is the right person to take the college to new levels,” said Gary Moore, chair of the VSC Board. “He is an inspiring educator and leader who will be an asset to the college and to the state.”

VSC Chancellor Tim Donovan added, “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.”

Prior to coming to Mount Ida in 1997, Conroy served as the director of development for the College of Food and Natural Resources at the University of Massachusetts. Earlier, he founded and directed the activities of the Bridgewater State University Foundation, a university where he also served as a faculty member, financial aid counselor.

He has more than 30 years of teaching and management experience in higher education. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops in Europe and North America on enrollment management, academic affairs, and institutional advancement issues.

“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 and its desire to expand the college’s influence both within the state and beyond, where appropriate.

Sees New Potential

“I am also intrigued by the potential for Vermont Tech evolving into an ‘applied university’ serving Vermont and greater New England.” He pledged to explore continuing the college’s move toward a four-year institution.

“This, in fact, is what I have been involved with at Mount Ida for the past thirteen years,” he said.

Conroy earned his doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., his master’s in educational administration from Rhode Island College, and his B.S. in education from Bridgewater, Mass. State University. He has also completed graduate studies at several institutions, including the University of Tampere, Finland.

He will assume Vermont Tech’s presidency on April 1, replacing interim president Patricia Menchini, who was named when former president Ty Handy resigned in June, 2010.

Founded in 1866, Vermont Technical College offers more than 25 bachelor’s and associate degree programs. It currently enrolls approximately 1650 students, about 1100 of them at the Randolph Center campus.

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