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Search Committee

  • Susan Paris Borden '69, trustee
  • Suzanne Brundage '08, trustee
  • Barbara Ushkow Deane '51, trustee
  • Michael Hecht, trustee
  • Lea Hershkowitz '11, trustee
  • Alan Kornberg '74, chairman of the Board of Trustees
  • Robert Ransick, faculty, chairman of the Academic Policies Committee
  • Susan Sgorbati, '72, MFA '86, faculty
  • James Simon '97, trustee
  • Deborah Wadsworth, trustee

Campus Liaison

Meredith Meurs (x4406 or 802-440-4406)

Presidential Search Update | June 27, 2013

After an extensive search, the Board of Trustees is delighted to introduce the 10th president of Bennington College, Dr. Mariko Silver. A leading educational, public policy, and international strategist, she has held prominent roles at Columbia University, at Arizona State University, in the administration of Arizona’s governor Janet Napolitano, and in the Obama administration. “This is a thrilling moment for Bennington filled with promise and possibility,” said Alan Kornberg ’74, chairman of the Board. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Silver to the Bennington community. Full press release.

Presidential Search Update | April 16, 2013

The search committee is very pleased to announce that three extraordinary and dynamic presidential candidates will visit campus in April to meet with faculty, students, and staff. At this stage their candidacies are still confidential. Each has deep academic experience and is highly accomplished in his or her field of expertise. Although the candidates have diverse backgrounds and interests, each has a profound understanding of Bennington and is passionate about our vision of a liberal education.

The search committee, comprised of trustees, faculty, and recent graduates, has worked with a high level of consensus and unanimously selected the three candidates to visit campus. Since December, the committee reviewed more than 160 nominations and applications, ultimately selecting eight individuals for in-person interviews.

Presidential Search Update | April 3, 2013

Three candidates for Bennington’s next president will be on campus in April to meet with faculty, staff, and students.

Presidential Search Update | February 26, 2013

Nominations and applications are currently under review. Working with our search consultants, Phillips Oppenheim, the Search Committee is narrowing the field to a slate of finalists, with preliminary interviews planned for next month and campus visits during the spring.

Presidential Search Update | November 30, 2012

Based on the feedback collected to date from the campus community and from alumni and parents across the U.S., the Search Committee has posted a position description for Bennington’s next president. Read more.

Presidential Search Update | October 25, 2012

Board Chair Alan Kornberg ’74 updates the Bennington community on the search that is now underway. Read more.

Search Committee to Visit Campus This Month
October 17, 2012

The Presidential Search Committee will be on campus October 23 and 24 to engage in conversation with faculty, students, and staff about the search for Bennington’s next president. See full schedule.

Trustees Announce Members of Presidential Search Committee | October 17, 2012

The Bennington College Board of Trustees has appointed a 10-member Presidential Search Committee composed of alumni, faculty, and trustees. (See list, right).

Trustees Select Phillips Oppenheim to Assist Presidential Search | September 19, 2012

The Bennington College Board of Trustees has engaged the firm of Phillips Oppenheim to assist with the search for Bennington’s next president. Jane Phillips Donaldson and her colleague Sarah James will work closely with the search committee to identify and recruit a pool of exceptional candidates.

President Elizabeth Coleman to Retire in June 2013 | September 19, 2012

Bennington College President Elizabeth Coleman announced this week her intention to retire on June 30, 2013, following her 25th year in office. Read more.