It’s Official: Moulton Is President of Vermont Tech

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Front Page / Mar. 30, 2017 9:48am EDT

By M. D. Drysdale


Pat Moulton started her tenure as interim president of Vermont Technical College in September 2016 and was given the permanent position this week. (Herald File / Tim Calabro) Pat Moulton started her tenure as interim president of Vermont Technical College in September 2016 and was given the permanent position this week. (Herald File / Tim Calabro) It came as no surprise, but after a national search, the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees last week confirmed that they couldn’t find a better president for Vermont Technical College than Patricia Moulton, who has been serving as interim president since September.

Moulton’s short tenure already has resulted in increased interest from prospective students, as well and continued stabilization of the college’s finances, according to a release.

Vermont Technical College, which long has boasted a 95% employment rate for its graduates, now reports a 100% employment rate, the school reported last week.

Moulton will be VTC’s first female president in the 150-year history of the college. She comes to the job with a wide-ranging resume of government service, with an emphasis on economic development issues. In fact, Moulton has been appointed to various positions by four different Vermont governors.

Moulton was previously commissioner of two other state agencies, the Department of Economic Development and the Department of Labor. She is a 1981 graduate of the University of Vermont.

Most recently, she served as the secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, facilitating the expansion of many Vermont companies and helping to attract new ones.

In that position, she helped create the nation’s “first statewide comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS),” which has led to millions of dollars in federal grants for Vermont, the VTC release reported.

Gifted Leader’

VSCS Chancellor Jeb Spaulding called Moulton “a gifted leader and administrator who has already gained the trust and affection of the entire Vermont Tech community.”

State Colleges Board Chair Martha O’Connor stressed that Moulton “envisions a robust role for Vermont Tech in our state’s economy.”

Vermont Tech engineering technology student Morgan Easton of Randolph, who served on the presidential search committee, said she “couldn’t be more excited about the appointment. Her enthusiasm and passion for the college and the state are contagious.”

Moulton succeeds Dan Smith, who occupied the president’s office for two years before moving on to become CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation.

In an earlier interview with The Herald, Moulton stressed VTC’s role in helping Vermont businesses prosper.

“When I’ve toured the state over the years, I couldn’t find any employer who didn’t need more employees,” she commented. She said that the varied education packages available at VTC, including several new certificate programs as well as the degree programs, can help solve that need.

Vermont Tech, she said, aims “to be open to all who want a path to higher re-education and better jobs.”

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