President's Office

A Simple Plan

president neuhauser

I write this in the curious time after our youngest alumni have just departed the campus and just before some of our oldest alumni are about to return for a reunion. Over 800 graduates will be returning this year for a few days of contemplation and quiet reflection - well, maybe a little more. And it has stopped snowing! As you know, when the weather in Vermont turns finally to sunshine and warmth, it does so quickly and is appreciated all the more when the winter has been a bit longer and deeper than usual. In Vermont the seasons are experienced with an intensity afforded by their dramatic difference, one from another. Not for us the tepid sameness of a southern California clime! We like our seasons to be up and down, to conform in their ways to the up and down hills that surround us. We like the extremes that have toughened these hill people for centuries, and even if our stay is but four years we are better fashioned for the world for the time spent in Vermont's seasons.

As I have previously discussed, Saint Michael's has been set on a course of preparing for what might lay ahead for small liberal arts colleges in the Northeast. The declining to stagnant number of high school graduates, the increasing burden of loans on students and families, the increasing call for an immediate economic return to on investment in a college education, the growing cost of remaining academically current as technology remains essential in many fields even while e-Learning scratches at the edges of what a college does, all interact to present a murky landscape through which we must negotiate. Yet while the terrain may be fraught with difficulties, it is also clear that we as a college can very much become stronger still in the near term. I firmly believe that we can stay ahead of this "crisis" and prosper by being both prudent and creative.

In our financial planning we will remain extremely conservative, steering a course that will permit us to flourish should some of the demographic projections be as dire as predicted by some. Hence we address the question, "If we had to maintain the quality of our Academic and Student Life programs what should we do with regard to the number of new students admitted each year?" The fundamental drivers here are the maintenance of the quality of our programs combined with the ability to provide financial flexibility to handle the inevitable stresses of a market decline. I believe the College is quite good at this as the community knows how to tighten its belt when times are a little tough, no doubt because we have all been through the seasons of Vermont. At the same time we want to be sure that our academic and student life programs are the absolute best they can be, that they reflect the needs and wishes of students and their families, recognize the advantages technology can bring when appropriate, and fully employ the ample capital assets of the College. To this end we are in the midst of an experiment called the Accelerated Summer College (ASC) designed to explore how a liberal arts college can take advantage of various eLearning platforms while maintaining the student/faculty intimacy that is at the heart of what a liberal arts college does. At the same time, we want to use our experience with the ASC to test the opportunities provided by having students in residence during the traditionally much quieter summer months.

Those of you who have been here during a Vermont summer know that for many the traditional academic year is mis-timed as summer in Winooski Park is warm and spectacularly bright. We are in the midst of this first experiment now with about 120 student enrollments in these somewhat different course formats. Early reports from students and faculty members are very positive but we have a lot more work to do to assess the quality of these experiences. The important point here is that we need to be adventuresome and prudent at the same time. Yet, as a liberal arts institution, keeping diametrically opposing ideas in one's head simultaneously is an everyday expectation. We have also been selected by the Consortium of Independent Colleges, (CIC) to develop two advanced liberal arts electives that could be made available to other liberal arts institutions on an online basis. The point here is to maintain or increase the number of liberal arts electives available to a group of institutions over what any single institution could provide.

As we plan prudently and strike out with academic initiatives that break new ground, we also will work hard at seeing that we affect our own destiny on the enrollment front. This is clearly not a time solely to be passive in the face of known demographic conditions, but rather Sarah Kelly and the fine Admission team Jerry Flanagan built have set out to try new approaches for recruiting students. A good deal of these efforts have been directed at being sure we are clear about what a liberal education is, how important the individual relationships that develop between a faculty or staff member and a student is to eventual student happiness, and how a loyal alumni network can really help new graduates. As recent graduate Liam Connors '14 said, a liberal arts education is not so much about what you want to do as who you want to be. The case that a liberal education is for a lifetime has not been well-made nationally. Yet, if our remarkable success this spring in enrolling a very large first-year class is any indication then we are off to a very good start.

In a nutshell the plan is simple: Be prudent with financial planning; Experiment and measure success on the academic side; And tell a true and good story in admissions. We are well launched, so stay tuned as the story develops.

- John J. Neuhauser

John J. Neuhauser, 16th President of Saint Michael’s College

Dr. John J. Neuhauser was named president of Saint Michael's College in 2007 after serving as University Professor of Boston College. Professor Neuhauser was academic vice president and dean of faculties at Boston College from 1999 to 2005 and, before that, dean and professor of Boston College's Carroll School of Management from 1977 to 1999.

During his six years as academic vice president and dean of Boston College, Dr. Neuhauser was responsible for the leadership of 670 full-time faculty members in seven schools and colleges. As dean of the School of Management, he led a redesign of the MBA program to promote socially responsible, ethical management and to offer several joint degree programs: MBA-MSA, MBA-JD and MBA-PhD.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Neuhauser earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Manhattan College in 1964, a master's in operations research and statistics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1965, and a doctorate in operations research and statistics: mathematics, also from Rensselaer, in 1968. He has an impressive record of publications in creative computing and business.

Dr. Neuhauser has been a member of the Saint Michael's College Board of Trustees since 2001. He is the father of three grown children and grandfather of seven. He has completed the Boston Marathon seven times.

Saint Michael’s College seeks to fulfill the institution’s mission through the pursuit of three interrelated goals:

  • To be an academic community that promotes the pursuit of truth, the development of virtue and high levels of excellence in all its academic, social and religious programs with a view to bettering the human condition;
  • To conduct its various programs in accordance with policies that are consistent with the principles of the Catholic faith, especially those of truth, justice and charity, and to promote these principles, in fulfillment of its mission throughout the world; and
  • To enrich the knowledge of Catholicism in its various dimensions and in relationship to various disciplines and fields of knowledge and to promote the moral and spiritual development of the entire college community.

In the aggregate, Saint Michael's website presents a comprehensive vision of the institution as a superior, Catholic, liberal arts and science, undergraduate, residential college, excelling in the preparation of students for lifelong learning in a global society.

Saint Michael's Board of Trustees

Chair of the Board

Mr. William H. Gallagher
Chairman
Atlantic Data Services, Inc.
Braintree, Massachusetts

Vice Chair of the Board

Dr. Peggy R. Williams
President Emerita
Ithaca College
Ithaca, New York

Dr. Sultan Ahamed
President and Chairman
Connecticut Medical Insurance Company
Glastonbury, Connecticut

Sr. Peg Albert, O.P., Ph.D.
President
Siena Heights University
Adrian, Michigan

Sr. Lorraine Aucoin, P.M. '91
Teacher
Presentation of Mary Academy
Methuen, Massachusetts

Ms. Patricia A. Casey
Senior Vice President
Maguire Associates
Concord, Massachusetts

Mr. Philip C. Ciulla, Jr. '73
Vice President
BI Worlwide
Los Angeles, California

Rev. David G. Cray, S.S.E. '68
Pastor
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish
Charlotte, Vermont

Rev. Michael P. Cronogue, S.S.E.
Director of Formation
Society of Saint Edmund
South Burlington, Vermont

Mr. Donald R. Dion, Jr. '76
President
DRD Investments, LLC
Naples, Florida

Rev. Raymond J. Doherty, S.S.E. '51
Campus Minister
Saint Michael's College
Colchester, Vermont

Mr. Joseph Garrity '78
COO/Founder
Salem Global Partners, Inc.
New York, New York

Bro. Francis J. Hagerty, S.S.E. '73
Spiritual Director and Retreat Director
Our Lady of Mercy and
   The West River Missions
Putney, Vermont

Rev. Thomas F.X. Hoar, S.S.E. '73
President and CEO
Saint Edmund's Retreat, Inc.
Mystic, Connecticut

Very Rev. Stephen W. Hornat, S.S.E. '72
Superior General
Society Of Saint Edmund
Colchester, Vermont

Ms. Noriko Kameda
Senior Lecturer (Retired)
Carroll School of Management
Boston College
Boston, Massachusetts

Rev. Msgr. Richard G. Lavalley
Pastor
St. Francis Xavier Parish
Winooski, Vermont

Mr. Anthony J. Maginnis '80
CEO
Global Packaging, Inc.
Oaks, Pennsylvania

Mr. Michael E. McGrath
President/Founder (Retired)
DecideBetter!
Addison, Texas

Mr. Gerald W. McKeanna '69
Senior Vice President and
   Chief Sales and Marketing Officer (Retired)
Cable One
Phoenix, Arizona

Ms. Mary-Kate G. McKenna '80
Cohasset, Massachusetts

Dr. Mark R. Nelson '91
CEO and Independent Consultant
Failsafe Innovation, LLC
Latham, New York

Dr. John J. Neuhauser
President
Saint Michael's College
Colchester, Vermont

Mr. William B. O'Keefe '78
Senior Managing Director of Business Development
Assured Guaranty, Ltd.
New York, New York

Dr. Celine R. Paquette
President (Retired)
Paquette's Insurance Agency
Champlain, New York

Ms. Carol Picarro '80
President and CEO
U.S. Chemical, LLC
Darien, Connecticut

Mr. Ernest A. Pomerleau '69
President
Pomerleau Real Estate
Burlington, Vermont

Rev. Marcel R. Rainville, SSE '67
Campus Minister
Saint Michael's College
Colchester, Vermont

Mr. Steven J. Renehan '81
Private Investor
New York, New York

Mr. Barry D. Roy '67
National Director for Tax Quality
  Assurance and Risk (Retired)
Deloitte Touche
Washington, District of Columbia

Mr. Michael L. Seaver '81
President
People's United Bank
Burlington, Vermont

Rev. David J. Théroux, S.S.E. '70
Adjunct Faculty
Department of Religious Studies
Saint Michael's College
Colchester, Vermont

Dr. Robert F. Tobin '64
President (Retired)
Tobin Eye Institute, Inc.
St. Joseph, Missouri

Secretary of the Board

Ms. Marilyn E. Cormier

Emeritus Trustees

Mr. James S. Dailey H'96
Mr. Gary N. Farrell '63, H'99
Dr. Robert E. O'Brien '42, H'73
Mr. Antonio B. Pomerleau H'94
Mr. Donald G. Walsh '55

President's Cabinet

Mr. William O. Anderson
Chief Information Officer

William Anderson was named Chief Information Officer in 2003, after serving as Special Assistant to the President for Technology in 2002. Bill orchestrates the information technology department commitment to insure a robust technology environment on campus.

Bill joined the Saint Michael's as a faculty member in the business department in 1974, while doing advanced doctoral work in Statistics and Operations Management at the University of Chicago. In 1978, he was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma honor society. Bill was further recognized as an outstanding professor by students and faculty.  He earned Faculty Appreciation and Community Service Awards and the Joanne Rathgeb Award. He served on numerous faculty committees, chairing the curriculum and educational policy committee and faculty welfare committee, and serving by election as a faculty representative to the College’s Board of Trustees.

Bill earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Dartmouth and his master's in business administration from Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business in 1974. He co-founded A&M Software from 1983 and sold the firm to a major corporation in 1996. A&M Software, which served 7,000 customers in 50 states with 60 employees, developed and marketed computer software for federally subsidized housing projects. Bill continues to be a tech consultant to several agencies and non-profits.

Bill and his wife Mary Carol, class of 1978, reside in Colchester. Mary Carol is a board operator and announcer at Vermont Public Radio.  They have four grown children, Elsa, a librarian at Mt. Sinai Medical School in New York City, Kari, a classical music host on VPR Classical, Nina, a marketing manager at W.P. Carey in New York City, and Will a graduate student in Stavangar, Norway.

Ms. Tara Arcury, P'10
Assistant to the President

Tara Arcury was named Assistant to the President in 2012; she serves as the interface between the President and all internal constituencies at Saint Michael's College, providing high-level support across a broad range of administrative tasks. Currently, Tara also serves as the institution's Accreditation Liaison Officer for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Tara first came to Saint Michael’s College in 2001 as administrative assistant to the Graduate Psychology Program and other academic departments. In 2003, she became the Executive Assistant to the Dean of the College. She has served on the Strategic Assessment Taskforce, the Staff Welfare Committee, the Staff Compensation Committee, the Web Redesign Team, Facilities Planning Committee, and the Women's Center Committee. Currently she is serving on the Portal and Communication Committee and the Accelerated Summer College implementation team. She was a 2011 recipient of the Distinguished Staff Award in Accomplishment.

Tara graduated summa cum laude here at Saint Michael's College with a bachelors degree in American Studies. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Epsilon Sigma, and Phi Alpha Theta. She and her husband, Tony, and their daughter, Ashley, reside in Shelburne. Ashley is a 2010 graduate of Saint Michael's.

Ms. Marilyn E. Cormier P'11
Director of Government and Community Relations

Marilyn Cormier, Director of Government and Community Relations, has served as the liaison between the President and a wide range of external organizations since 2000.  In her role as Secretary of the Saint Michael's Board of Trustees, she serves as a link between the President and the Board.  She also serves as one of four advisors to the Student Association (S.A.), the official governing body of the student community.  In addition, she sits on the Board of Directors for Saint Michael's College Fire and Rescue, the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, Mercy Connections and Greater Burlington YMCA as well as serving as chair of the Vermont Council on World Affairs Board and secretary of the Merrill Cemetery Board.  In 2006, Governor Douglas appointed Marilyn to the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission, where she chaired the Commemorative and Events Committee.  She is also a past president of Colchester-Milton Rotary, and was named Colchester Rotarian of the Year in 2004 and 2011.  In 2006, she received the Vermont Women in Higher Education’s Sister Elizabeth Candon Distinguished Service Award.  Marilyn completed the Emily Post Institute's "Train the Trainer" Program in 2008 and Protocol Officer Training at the Protocol School of Washington in 2011.

A native of Sri Lanka and a naturalized American citizen, Marilyn has been with Saint Michael's since 1982, serving first as Executive Secretary to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and then as Assistant to the President before moving into her present position.  Through June 2005, she chaired Saint Michael's Centennial Committee and coordinated the College's centenary celebrations.  Before coming to Saint Michael's, Marilyn was Executive Secretary to the President of Lockheed Aircraft International A.G. in Saudi Arabia.

Rev. Brian J. Cummings, SSE '86
Director of Edmundite Campus Ministry

Rev. Brian J. Cummings, S.S.E., is Director of Edmundite Campus Ministry. Fr. Brian is an active member of the Society of St. Edmund, and is the leader of the College’s campus ministry program. The eight person Edmundite Campus Ministry staff is a dedicated group of Catholic priests and lay people who provide spiritual guidance and opportunities for spiritual growth for the entire Saint Michael's community. Their expertise ranges from pastoral counseling, to music ministry, to putting faith in action through domestic and international service trips and being there for those who need them.  

Fr. Brian is a 1986 graduate of Saint Michael's and a Certified Public Accountant, who worked in both public and private accounting in the New York City/New Jersey area following graduation. He began his formation for religious life and the priesthood in 1990, studying at Loyola University and Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans from 1990 to 1992. He received a Master's of Divinity degree from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in May, 1996 and was ordained a priest in the Society of St. Edmund in June the same year.

Fr. Brian taught accounting at Saint Michael's during the 1992-93 school year and served as an Instructor in the Department of Business and Accounting from 1996 to 2003. He also was an adjunct Instructor in the Religious Studies Department during the 1996-97 school year. He serves as Chaplain to the SMC Athletic Department, frequently traveling with teams and always supporting them and also as Chaplain of the SMC Fire and Rescue Department. Fr. Brian is fully engaged in student life at Saint Michael's, working with students on campus in various roles, with the Liturgical Choir on tour, and working round the clock as the Director of Edmundite Campus Ministry.

Fr. Brian is also Spiritual Director of St. Anne's Shrine a stunningly beautiful religious and historical site in Isle La Motte on the shores of Lake Champlain. The Shrine has newly constructed overnight accommodations and is the primary location for our campus retreats.

Fr. Brian serves in various positions of leadership in the Society of St. Edmund. He is a member of the General Council which is the governing body of the Society, a member of the Edmundite House Council and also serves as House Treasurer for the Edmundite Community at Saint Michael's. He is a member of the Society's Finance and Audit Committees and serves on the Board of Members for the Edmundite Southern Mission in Selma, Alabama. Fr. Brian also serves the Diocese of Burlington as a member of the Finance Council and has also served on the Diocese's Budget, Audit and Investment Committees as well as the Presbyteral Council, a consultative body of priests which advises the Bishop of Burlington.

Dr. Dawn M. Ellinwood
Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students

Dawn Ellinwood joined the Saint Michael's community in July of 2012 as Vice President for Student Affairs after four years as Dean of Students at Hampshire College. In her first year at the College, Dawn has demonstrated great insight into student needs which she has addressed with endless enthusiasm and rare energy.

Before her work at Hampshire, Dawn was Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students from 1996-2008 at College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee, MA. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, from Northeastern University in 1987; a Master of Public Administration degree from Northeastern in 1989; a Master of Education degree from Northeastern, earned the Dedicated Advocate Award, in 1992; and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts in campus curriculum/educational leadership in 2003. Dawn was residence director and then area director at UMass, Amherst from 1994-1996. From 1993 to 1994 she was the assistant program director for the Doctor Franklin Perkins School; residence director at Clark University from 1991 to 1994, and residence director at Northeastern from 1989 to 1991. Dawn served on numerous college committees, including the Hampshire College Strategic Planning Task Force and the Tobacco Task Force, leading both in the role of chair-person. She served on the board of Homework House, the parent advisory council of Hampshire College Children's Center, and as a volunteer with Big Brother Big Sister from 1996 to 2007.

Dawn is married to Peter Ferguson, who is Manager of Network Operations for Residential Life at the University of Massachusetts. They have a daughter, Grace, and they reside in Williston.

Mr. Patrick J. Gallivan '89
Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Patrick J. Gallivan was named Vice President for Institutional Advancement in 2009. He had been serving as director for alumni and parent relations, a position he has held since 1998. He directs a staff of professionals engaged in development and alumni affairs for the College. He works closely with the Saint Michael’s family of alumni, parents and friends engaging them in the life of the College. 

A 1989 graduate of Saint Michael's, with a political science major and philosophy minor, Patrick served as president of the student association his senior year. He joined the College staff upon graduation as an admission counselor, coordinating alumni-admission work from 1989 to 1991, then serving as assistant director of admission from 1991 to 1993, and associate director of admission from 1993 to 1998, at which time he became director for alumni and parent relations.

Patrick served as a member of the board of trustees of Burlington College from 2001 to 2011, five of those years as Chair. He also chaired the Summer Workshop on College Admission Counseling for the New England Association for College Admission Counseling in 1997 and 1998. From 1992 to 2011, he served as moderator of the SMC Student Association as well as a number of regional admission officer councils. Currently he sits of the CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) District 1 Board of Directors.

Mr. Gallivan has been a volunteer for Camp TA-KUM-TA for children with cancer, since 1995, serving on the board since 1997, currently board Vice President. He also served on the steering committee of the Burlington Irish Heritage Festival from 1997 to 2003, as chair in 2000 and 2001. Gallivan has been recognized for his service to the community by the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce with their Community Excellence Award.  

Dr. Sarah Kelly
Vice President for Enrollment

Sarah Kelly joined Saint Michael’s College as Vice President for Enrollment in September 2013 after serving as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Dean of Students at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.

At Wittenberg from 2008 to 2013, first in student affairs and then in student affairs and enrollment, Sarah was responsible for all enrollment-related strategy, including developing communications, cultivating new markets, coordinating financial aid awards, analyzing enrollment data, and creating yield strategies. She managed professional staff of 38 in areas of admission, financial aid, and student life, and a budget of several million dollars. Her time there resulted in major growth in applications, increases in net tuition revenue and, in 2011 enrollment of the largest class of new students since 2007.

Sarah was Assistant and then Associate Vice President for Student Development at Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, from 2000 to 2007, and was director of the Learning Assistance Center at Xavier from 1997 to 2000. She was also an adjunct instructor in the departments of Teacher Education and English at Miami University, 1993 to 2001. She has given numerous presentations at conferences and meetings, to large groups and small, on such topics as managing diversity in student affairs, the role of institutional mission in higher education, internal marketing and branding in higher education, and other topics.

Sarah earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English literature in 1987 and a master's degree in secondary English education in 1991, both from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She earned a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, in 2004, with a dissertation titled Jesuit from the Inside Out: Faculty, Staff and Administrators' Perception of the Jesuit Brand of higher Education.

Kelly and her husband, James Kelly, who retired from the philosophy faculty of Miami University, have a daughter, Nora, who resides in Chicago.

Mr. Michael J. New P'07
Vice President for Human Resources and Administrative Services

Michael New, Vice President for Human Resources and Administrative Services, joined the Saint Michael's community in 2001 and has been an integral part of College leadership ever since.  Mike manages a wide range of work arenas on the Saint Michael's campus with insight and experience. Prior to joining Saint Michael's College, Mike was Vice President, Human Resources at Lane Press from 2000-2001, and Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Human Resources, for Banknorth Group from 1996 to 2000. He served as Vice President for Human Resources for Prudential Resources Management from 1990 to 1995 and as Director of Employee Relations/Employment for Merrill Lynch Realty from 1983 to 1990. He held a number of increasingly responsible positions as manager of Human Resources at The Perkin-Elmer Corporation, from 1977 to 1983. Mike attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, serving from 1974 to 1997.

Mike earned his bachelor of business administration degree from St. Bonaventure University and his master of public administration degree from Western Kentucky University.  He was an adjunct faculty member with Norwich University’s MBA program from 2001 through 2008.

Mike chairs the board of Vermont's COTS (Committee on Temporary Shelter), and serves on the board of the Fanny Allen (Hospital) Foundation. He is also the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Mt. Irenaeus, Franciscan Mountain Retreat (affiliated with Saint Bonaventure University).  He is a volunteer fire fighter for his town of Monkton. He has run the New York City Marathon three times and continues to be a dedicated runner most every day.

Mike and his wife Patti have two grown daughters, and live in Monkton, Vermont with their menagerie of farm animals.

Mr. Neal E. Robinson P'05
Vice President for Finance

Neal Robinson, Vice President for Finance, rejoined Saint Michael's in 2010, having served previously in that position from 1999 to 2007. He worked for Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) prior to returning to the College. Neal is cited for sound, careful management of the College's finances in a period of challenge for higher education. He brought 30 years of financial management experience to the College including 15 years with Banknorth Group.

Neal was senior VP and treasurer and chief accounting officer for Banknorth Group in Burlington from 1989-99; and was controller, senior VP and chief financial officer for Banknorth and Vermont Bank & Trust Company in Brattleboro from 1984-89. He worked four years in banking in Ithaca, NY, and served as assistant bursar and director of student loans at Cornell University from 1975-78.

Neal has a bachelor's degree from Ithaca College and an MBA degree from Cornell University.

Neal is a former trustee of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont, treasurer of St. James Episcopal Church in Essex and a board member and treasurer of the Cancer Patient Support Program in Burlington. He and his wife, Karen, reside in Essex. They are the parents of two grown children, Cameron and Leslie. Leslie is a 2005 graduate of Saint Michael's.

Dr. Karen A. Talentino
Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Karen A. Talentino was named Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2008. Karen has over 35 years of experience as a faculty member and academic administrator. She began her academic career as a faculty member in the Department of Biology at Simmons College in Boston in 1977.  She received tenure at Simmons and was promoted to Professor in 1990.  She came up through the ranks at Simmons College as a faculty member, department chair and faculty leader.

She was asked to serve as the college's first Dean of Faculty in 1995.  That appointment led to a position as Interim Dean of the College.   In 2002, Karen became Dean of Faculty at Stonehill College, in Easton, Massachusetts, where she continued to teach courses in Biology and Environmental Science, until coming to Saint Michael's College in 2008. 

As Vice President for Academic Affairs, Karen has oversight for all aspects of the academic program – faculty hiring and development, curriculum, assessment and accreditation, library services, Registrar's Office, academic support services, study abroad and career services. She has received several grants while at Saint Michael's, to support the renovation of labs, assessment, and creation of an Academic Resource Center in the Durick Library.  She maintains her contact with students by continuing to teach in both the Biology and Environmental Studies programs.

Karen earned a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and master's and doctoral degrees in zoology from the University of Nevada, Reno.  Her graduate work involved a study of hibernation in ground squirrels.

Karen and her husband William Talentino, who recently retired as director of the Goodnow Public Library in Sudbury, MA, have two grown children, Michael and Rachel.  They live in Burlington, VT, close to Lake Champlain. They make the most of living in beautiful Vermont, and enjoy hiking, biking and kayaking.

Past Presidents of Saint Michael's College

Very Reverend Amand Prével, SSE 1904 – 1907
First President 

president prevelThe Saint Michael's Corporation (the predecessor of the Board of Trustees) declared Amand Prével, a native of France, first President of the College in January 1904. Prével had been involved in higher education in France, both at the Collège de l’Immaculée Conception in Laval and at Collège St-Michel in Château-Gontier, which he founded. He was also instrumental in setting up a secondary school named Saint Michael's College in Hichin, England. This experience proved useful while setting up Saint Michael's College in Vermont. His tenure was quite short, however, as he was soon elected Superior General of the Society of Saint Edmund and returned to France in 1907.

Very Reverend Ernest M. Salmon, SSE 1907 – 1913
Second President

president salmonThe Saint Michael's Corporation elected Rev. Ernest Salmon President of the College following the 1907 General Chapter.  Salmon had been at Saint Michael’s since its inception and was an easy choice to take over from Prével.  During his term in office he oversaw the incorporation of the College by a special act of the Vermont legislature.  This act gave the College the right to grant degrees (rather than simply giving diplomas).  He served as Superior of the house until 1913, when he became the novice master and pastor of the parish in Swanton as well as Provincial of the Edmundites in America.  He did, however, continue to serve as the head of the Board of Trustees of the Saint Michael's Institute and as the President of the Saint Michael's College Board of Trustees.

Very Reverend Edmund M. Total, SSE 1913 – 1919
Third President

president totalIn September 1913, Superior General Jules Garnier named Fr. Edmund Total Superior of the Saint Michael's College house.  With this position, Fr. Total effectively took over the daily administration of the College.  However, the Board of Trustees never elected Total President of the College.  Fr. Ernest Salmon, as American Provincial, retained his position as President of Saint Michael's Institute and was also elected President of the Board of Trustees of Saint Michael's College, officially making him ex officio President of the college.  It is clear Fr. Total did take on most of the rights and responsibilities of the college president, however, and he is treated as one by the tradition of the College.  During his term the College continued to run a high school and to slowly grow.


Very Reverend William Jeanmarie, SSE 1919 – 1931
Fourth President

president jeanmarieIn July 1919, Fr. Total moved to Swanton and Fr. Salmon, citing too many responsibilities elsewhere, resigned his position as President of Saint Michael's Institute and President of the Board of Trustees of Saint Michael's College.  He recommended that Fr. William Jeanmarie become President, and the Board concurred.  Fr. Jeanmarie, a native of Swanton Vermont, was one of the first Americans to become a member of the Society.  He was at Saint Michael's at its founding and spent only a few years away from the College before returning in 1912. During Jeanmarie's term, the College underwent a period of growth.  In 1920, he began to raise funds for a new building on campus, and in 1923 New Hall, later named Jeanmarie Hall, opened.  He also oversaw the purchase of Prével Hall, and the Seguin property, which included St Joseph's and Senior Halls along with farm property.  The College ended the high school program during his tenure and gained its first accreditations (by the New York State of Regents, Catholic University, and Montreal University.)  Jeanmarie was also quite successful in maintaining the College and providing leadership for the local house while the Society of Saint Edmund itself dissolved and then petitioned the Vatican for restoration.  Following his 12 years as President, he returned to Swanton in 1931, where he remained until his death.

Very Reverend Eugene Alliot, SSE 1931 – 1934
Fifth President

president aliotRev. Eugene Alliot, a native of France, became president of Saint Michael's College after serving in various roles since 1907.  His term of office was for the most part unremarkable, although he was President at the start of the Great Depression, a very difficult time for the College.








Very Reverend Leon E. Gosselin, SSE 1934 – 1940
Sixth President

president gosselinRev. Leon Gosselin was the first graduate of Saint Michael's College to serve as President of the College.  He was born in Rutland; and grew up in Springfield, Vermont.  Much of his presidency was marked by planning for the future of the College.  He set up both the Friends of SMC, an organization of lay people who raised the first substantial endowment for the College, and the Associate Trustees of the College as a way of promoting the college in local community and among alumni.  He worked with the Vermont State Legislature to establish a scholarship program funded by the state ($1800 for 15 scholarships).  The first alumni magazine was published during his term as well.  In 1939, the College was officially accredited by NEASC following many years of formal association with the American Association of Colleges.  Gosselin was also instrumental in establishing Fire District Number 1 in the town of Colchester, the water district that supplies water to Winooski Park, including SMC, Fanny Allen Hospital and Fort Ethan Allen.

Very Reverend James H. Petty, SSE 1940 – 1946
Seventh President

president pettyFr. James Petty, who was born in Portland, Maine and came to Vermont at the age of 16.  He attended Saint Anne’s Academy, the Society's secondary school in Swanton and lived with the community during his time there.  He then attended Saint Michael's.  After his ordination, he returned to SMC and held many different positions.  He also worked in Swanton and in Putney before returning to Saint Michael’s as president.  Soon after Petty began as president, on the eve of World War II, all the men on campus between the ages of 21 and 35 registered for the draft.  Students joined the military in huge numbers following the bombing of Pearl Harbor and enrollment went down significantly.  In an effort to remain solvent and meet the needs of the students, the College accelerated all courses so that graduation was pushed forward by a few months for the class of 1942 to almost a year for the class of 1944.  All students remained in class for the summer.  By 1943, both returning and new students were scarce, although again the president and administration attempted to fill the classroom with nurses from Fanny Allen Hospital nursing program.  The nurses not only took classes but also lived on campus, although separated from male students by Route 15.  Fr. Petty’s term ended in 1946, after he successfully maneuvered the College through the extremely difficult war period and began to prepare for the return of the veterans to campus.  One of his last acts as president was to put procedures in motion for the purchase of the surplus army buildings that were to populate campus for the next decades.

Very Reverend Daniel P. Lyons, SSE '26, H'60 1946 – 1952
Eighth President

president lyonsFr. Danny Lyons became president following the General Chapter of 1946.  Lyons, a native Vermonter, had been at Saint Michael's since 1930 in a variety of capacities.  He was president during a time of extraordinary growth for the College.  Veterans returned to campus in such large numbers that the College was absolutely transformed by them.  The AFROTC program was added during his term, and he helped institute a retirement plan for employees.  During his term as President, the College finalized the purchase of the surplus army buildings that became known as Miketown, purchased some land at Fort Ethan Allen and built Cheray Hall, the first new building in over 20 years.  Fr. Lyons also oversaw the building of Ryan Hall, the first of the quad dorms.  In 1947, the School of Drama, later to become Saint Michael’s Playhouse, first came to campus.

Very Reverend Francis E. Moriarty, SSE '40, H'88 1952 – 1958, 1974 – 1976
Ninth President and Twelfth President

president moriartyFather Moriarty was appointed to the position of President of Saint Michael's College in 1952.  He became the last president to serve also as Superior of the local SSE house.  Moriarty had attended Saint Michael's and returned within a couple of years of his graduation.  He then went to become principal of the newly established SSE apostolate Cardinal Mindszenty High School in Dunkirk, NY.  After gaining valuable administrative skills at CMHS, he returned to Saint Michael's as president.  He took over as the school was about to launch the innovative Saint Michael’s Plan of liberal education.  He was at the helm as the school expanded to include an international component with the Center for International Programs and Teaching English as A Second Language programs.  The campus itself expanded under his leadership, with new quad dorms added to house an ever-increasing number of men.

In 1974, upon the resignation of Bernard Boutin, Rev. Francis Moriarty once again became President of the College.  He managed to keep the College on an even keel while the trustees engaged in a formal search for another lay president. 

Very Reverend Gerald E. Dupont, SSE '35 1958 – 1969
Tenth President

president dupontIn August 1958 Superior General Jeremiah Purtill wrote a memo outlining the roles of the President of Saint Michael’s College and the Superior of the Saint Michael's House.  The memo noted that the role of the president had grown too complex and that religious living in the SMC House needed to have the same governance and oversight offered in other SSE houses.  Therefore, he split the roles of Superior of the House and office of the President.  The role of the president then became to run the College in temporal and all other ways, the role of the Superior was to administer the house and the religious assigned to it in spiritual and other matters.  Superior General Purtill then appointed Father Vincent Maloney Superior of the house and Fr. Gerald Dupont took over as President of the College. Although he was originally from Rhode Island, he attended Saint Michael's and spent all of his priestly life at Saint Michael's after attending graduate school in Toronto and Montreal.  His ten-year term of office is marked by the continued growth of the College.  Dupont oversaw the continued construction of buildings on campus, including Saint Michael the Archangel Chapel, Durick Library, Alliot Hall, and the final two quad residence halls.  Students continued to attend at record rates.  Student life changed as the makeup of the student body changed from returning GI's to primarily 18-22 year old students.  Financial growth did not follow the other trends however, and fiscal problems grew throughout his term.  Of most importance however, was the groundwork he laid for the eventual switch to lay leadership.  Dupont was not unaware of the impact such a change was likely to have and there is some evidence that he planned significantly for something he saw as inevitable.

Bernard Louis Boutin '45, H'63 1969 – 1974
Eleventh President

president boutinPresident Bernard Boutin became the first lay president of the College in 1969.  Boutin had served on the Board of Trustees since its inception in 1967; making him well prepared to head up the school.  He was a graduate of the College and had been quite involved in the College since leaving.  He had also been involved in politics, serving as mayor of Laconia New Hampshire and working for the Kennedy administration.  As the leader of the school during the major transition from religious to lay leadership, he had a tough job ahead of him. Boutin is best remembered for bringing women to Saint Michael’s, an act that succeeded not only in opening up the campus to women, but also to pulling the College out of a crippling debt.  In 1970, 22 women enrolled at Saint Michael's, and it remains coeducational.  Despite the relatively short tenure of his term, Boutin was also quite successful in fundraising, raising funds for the building of Ross Sports Center and McCarthy Arts Center, two significant buildings that contributed significantly to student life on campus.

Edward L. Henry, Ph.D. H'87 1976 – 1985
Thirteenth President

president henryThe Board of Trustees elected Edward Henry president of Saint Michael's College on October 3, 1975.  He began work in April 1976.  Prior to arriving at Saint Michael's he had been vice president for development at St. Johns University after serving as president of St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Ind. and mayor of St. Cloud, MN.  President Henry oversaw the College through a period of mild growth and the establishment of the College as a coeducational liberal arts college ready to enter a new phase in its history.  One of his early actions as president was meeting with major stakeholders and producing a statement that called for a "liberal education in the light of the Catholic faith."  (The phrase "in the light of the Catholic faith" eventually became part of the mission of the college.)  He led the College as it developed a new core curriculum, placed a premium on on-campus living and on campus life.  He also made tough choices to increase tuition and hold down enrollment at a time when many Catholic colleges were closing.  During his term, the College made an effort to include the community in events and expanded its continuing education offerings.  He announced his intention to leave in 1983, but remained in office until June 30 1985, when Dr. Paul Reiss began as president.

Paul J. Reiss, Ph.D. H'05 1985 – 1996
Fourteenth President

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Dr. Paul Reiss was inaugurated as president of Saint Michael’s College on the Feast of St. Edmund, September 29, 1985.  A native of Lake Placid, New York, he earned his B.S. at Holy Cross, M.A. at Fordham University, and Ph.D. at Harvard University.  Reiss served on the faculty at Marquette University and then at Fordham University, where he also served as academic and then executive vice-president. President Reiss led the College in strengthening its commitment to its Edmundite Catholic mission and led the College through eleven years of increased enrollment, expanded curricular offerings, the establishment of the honors program, institutionalization of continuing education, the development of international programs, with Japan and China, and in the initiation of the student Mobilization of Volunteer Efforts (MOVE) program.  He instituted a major campus development program and fund-raising campaign which resulted in St. Edmund’s Hall, a major addition to the library, the international commons, and the Tarrant Recreation Center as well as major renovations to Jeanmarie Hall, Cheray Science Hall, Alliot Student Center and other campus buildings.  Dr. Reiss contributed the funds for the construction of the President’s house which the College later named for him. He retired effective June 1996 and returned to his “hometown” where he continues to administer educational summer camp programs for inner-city youth. He also serves as the founding president of Mercy Care for the Adirondacks with a mission to extend mercy and justice to elders living in the community.

Marc A. vanderHeyden, Ph.D. 1996 - 2007
Fifteenth President 

president vanderHeydenMarc vanderHeyden, a native of Belgium, became president of Saint Michael's in 1996 after serving as provost at Marist College and working at Rider College and Cedar Crest College.  He took over after a very successful Reiss presidency and so, unlike most of his predecessors, was not mired in crises from the outset.  He spent a year listening and learning on campus before beginning to implement changes or his own vision.  In contrast to Reiss before him, he focused very much on the undergraduate liberal educational experience, eventually closing the Prevel School to devote more energy to the undergraduate curriculum.  He also renewed interest in North campus properties at Fort Ethan Allen and encouraged students' staff and faculty, as well as the Society of Saint Edmund, to renew interest in their own history.  He started the Pontigny Heritage Trips encouraging travel to France and England in an effort to understand the Society of Saint Edmund and their patron saint.  He oversaw an expansive capital campaign that raised the College endowment significantly.  The College finally achieved its goal of 100 percent residency on campus with the addition of three new dormitories during his tenure.  His "Vision 2010" plan included the following institutional strategies - a foundation and future in faith, academic excellence, centrality of students, strength in community and fiscal responsibility through resource acquisition and accountability.  During his term the College also became a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society.  He formally announced his retirement in May 2006.

President's Office Staff

Tara L. Arcury P'10
Assistant to the President
802.654.2212
tarcury@smcvt.edu

Tara serves as the interface between the President and all internal constituencies at Saint Michael's College, providing high-level support across a broad range of administrative tasks.  She is a member of the Cabinet and manages the President's Office.  Currently, Tara also serves as the institution's Accreditation Liaison Officer for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Prior to joining the President’s staff in May 2012, Tara was Executive Assistant to the Dean of the College. She has served on the Staff Welfare Committee, the Staff Compensation Committee, the Web Redesign Team, Facilities Planning committee, and the Women's Center Committee. Currently she is serving on the Portal Implementation Committee, the Communications Taskforce, and the Accelerated Summer College core team. She was a 2011 recipient of the Distinguished Staff Award in Accomplishment.

Marilyn E. Cormier P'11
Director of Government and Community Relations
Secretary of the Board of Trustees
802.654.2215
mcormier@smcvt.edu

Marilyn is the liaison between the President and a wide range of external organizations, including various professional, government, charitable, business, arts, health care and religious groups at the local, regional and national levels.  In her role as Secretary of the Saint Michael's Board of Trustees, she serves as a link between the President and the Board.  In addition, she sits on the Board of Directors for Saint Michael's College Fire and Rescue, the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, Mercy Connections and Greater Burlington YMCA as well as serving as chair of the Vermont Council on World Affairs Board and secretary of the Merrill Cemetery Board.  In 2006, Governor Douglas appointed Marilyn to the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission, where she chaired the Commemorative and Events Committee.  She is also a Past President of Colchester-Milton Rotary, which was Rotary Club of the Year in 2007-2008 and was named Colchester Rotarian of the Year in 2004 and 2011.  In 2006, she received the Vermont Women in Higher Education’s Sister Elizabeth Candon Distinguished Service Award.  Marilyn completed the Emily Post Institute's "Train the Trainer" Program in 2008 and Protocol Officer Training at the Protocol School of Washington in 2011.

A native of Sri Lanka and a naturalized American citizen, Marilyn has been with Saint Michael's since 1982, serving first as Executive Secretary to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and then as Assistant to the President before moving into her present position in 2000.  Through June 2005, she chaired Saint Michael's Centennial Committee and coordinated the College's centenary celebrations.  Before coming to Saint Michael's, Marilyn was Executive Secretary to the President of Lockheed Aircraft International A.G. in Saudi Arabia.

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