Vermont Technical College inaugurates 18th president September 30

first_img7:00 PM                      Vermont Symphony Orchestra                                     Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, VT Noon to 1:30 PM     Luncheon for invited guests, under the tent,                                                     Randolph Center Sept. 30th, Friday 10:30 AM to Noon Diversified Agriculture Symposium                                  “Carbon Literacy”                                  Red School House, Randolph Campus 2:00 to 3:30 PM         Induction Ceremony                                    Judd Hall, Randolph Center             11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Inaugural Celebration Luncheon                                                                        Morey Dining Hall Sept. 27th, Tuesday 1:30 – 3:30 PM     Nursing Education Symposium                             “Educating Nurses in the 21st Century”                              Room 401, Williston Campus Sept 26th, Monday 9:00 AM             Sustainability Commitment Event                           The Allen House, Randolph Center 3:30 to 4:30                Reception for attendees and participants                                    Campus  Center, Randolph Center Philip A Conroy, Jr, EdD, will be inducted as the 18th president of Vermont Technical College on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 2 pm in Judd Hall on the Randolph Center campus. Delegates representing colleges and universities from all of New England will join VTC faculty, staff and students in the academic procession and investiture ceremony.Dr. Conroy comes to Vermont Tech from Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts, where he served as vice president of enrollment management and marketing, responsible for admissions, financial aid, marketing, publications, the web site, public relations, and retention related activities.President Conroy, who has served in a variety of roles at Mount Ida since 1997, is an internationally recognized expert on higher education management, particularly in the areas of strategic enrollment management and institutional advancement. “I am excited for Vermont Technical College and the Vermont State Colleges,” said Gary Moore, Chair of the Vermont State Colleges (VSC) Board of Trustees. “I believe Phil Conroy is the right person to take the college to new levels. He is an inspiring educator and leader who will be an asset to the college and to the state.”VSC Chancellor Tim Donovan echoed Moore’s comments, adding “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. I anticipate that we will see Vermont Tech’s value to Vermont reach even greater heights under Dr. Conroy’s leadership.”Prior to his service at Mount Ida, Dr. Conroy served as the director of development for the College of Food and Natural Resources at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Director of Development and founding Executive Director of the Bridgewater State University Foundation, where he also served as a faculty member, financial aid counselor, and alumni relations director.Dr. Conroy has more than thirty years of teaching and management experience in higher education, including resource development, endowment management, volunteer and constituent management, strategic enrollment management, financial aid, integrated marketing, international and multi-cultural education, transition to college and the first year of college. In addition, he has earned a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Conroy is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops in Europe and North America on enrollment management, academic affairs, and institutional advancement issues, and he’s served in a number of volunteer positions, both in higher education and in his local community.President Conroy is “intrigued by the potential for Vermont Tech evolving into an applied university serving the state of Vermont and greater New England region. There are some very exciting possibilities ahead for Vermont Tech, and I am looking forward to working with the faculty and staff and bringing those possibilities to reality.”Conroy earned his Doctorate of Education in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; his Master of Education in educational administration from Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island; and his Bachelor of Science in education from Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He has also completed graduate studies at the University of Tampere, Finland; University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and Boston College.  Dr. Jo Ann Rooney Keynote Speaker Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness to keynote inaugural ceremony. Sept. 29th, Thursday  3:00 to 4:30 PM        Sustainable Technologies Symposium                          “Becoming a Sustainable Energy Community”                                                 Randolph Center               1:00 – 3:30 PM    Computer Information Systems Symposium                            “The CIS Dynamic Curriculum”                             Red School House, Randolph Campus Sept. 28th, Wednesday 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM Summit on the Future of Vermont Tech                                  Sugarbush Resort, Warren, Vermont Inauguration Week – September 26 through October 1 Schedule of Events     October 1, Saturday  10:00 to 4:00 PM       Open House and Alumni Homecoming Day                                                   Randolph Center Dr. Jo Ann Rooney, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness to keynote inaugural ceremonyDr. Jo Ann Rooney, Principal Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, will be the keynote speaker at Dr. Conroy’s induction ceremony on Friday, September 30th.She was sworn in on June 2, 2011. Dr. Rooney is deputy senior policy advisor to the Secretary of Defense on recruitment, career development, pay and benefits for 1.4 million active duty military personnel, 1.3 million Guard and Reserve personnel, 680,000 DoD civilians, and is responsible for overseeing the overall state of military readiness. Before assuming her current position, Dr. Rooney was President of Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts, from July 2010 until December 2010 following a successful tenure as the President of Spalding University for eight years from 2002-2010. At Spalding she was credited with leading a successful financial turnaround and implemented a unique block scheduling system, achieved significant academic improvements and expansion of programs, put in place major IT infrastructure initiatives, significantly expanded enrollment and completed both a new academic building and laboratory and health science classroom facility.  From 1996 to 2002, she served as chief counsel, chief operating officer, chief financial officer, and partner of The Lyons Companies in Waltham, Massachusetts. That firm maintained a national practice specializing in estate planning, capital advising, charitable planning, executive compensation, business succession planning, and benefits planning and administration for corporations, individuals and nonprofit organizations. Prior to the Lyons Companies, she practiced tax law in the Boston area and was a founding partner of the consulting firm of Stearns, Rooney & Associates in Hingham, Massachusetts. In addition to practicing law in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Florida, U.S. District Court and U.S. Tax Court, Rooney is a member of the Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Florida and American Bar Associations. Throughout her career, Dr. Rooney has been a leader in education and had a passion for service. Until appointment, she served as Vice Chair of the Jewish St Mary’s Health Care System and was a member of the Board ofTrustees at Regis University, Denver, Colorado, in addition to numerous other civil and community involvement. In 2010, she was honored with the Mayor’s citation for community service and the Lucy Award from Louisville Scholar House – its highest community leadership award. She alsoreceived the Today’s Woman Magazine, 2006 Most Admired Woman in Education Award, the Business and Professional Women/River City, Woman of Achievement Award and the Business First, Partners in Health Care Award for 5 consecutive years. She has been a national speaker and presenter at the American Council on Education (ACE), the Association of Governing Boards (AGB), the CIC President’s Institute,Southern Association of College and Schools (SACS) annual conference and CAP/CAEL Conferences.  A native of West Hazelton, Pennsylvania, Dr. Rooney has earned an Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in taxation, from Boston University’s School of Law, the Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Suffolk University Law School and the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (summa cum laude) from Boston University. last_img read more