Previously interim chancellor, Sophie Zdatny takes over at a time of unprecedented difficulty for the system.
Karen Scolforo is the second top administrator to step down this week within the Vermont State Colleges System.
The chancellor’s resignation comes after brutal backlash over his recommendation to close three state college campuses amid the pandemic’s financial fallout.
I don’t believe the state colleges chancellor ever intended to hold a vote on closing the three campuses.
The Vermont State Colleges chancellor backtracked on closures, but warned that the current configuration is unsustainable.
It isn’t as though the state colleges chancellor hasn’t been trying to call attention to the problem. Almost a year ago he issued a ‘white paper’ outlining the challenges.
Chancellor Jeb Spaulding told trustees the infusion was required to head off financial catastrophe.
Protesters honked in opposition to a plan by Chancellor Jeb Spaulding to close three campuses.
The fact that we are 50th out of the 50 states in terms of per-capita contributions to higher education is indefensible and is the primary reason we are looking at a future as bleak as the one outlined by Jeb Spaulding.
Public furor over the chancellor’s plan to close NVU’s two campuses and VTC’s Randolph campus has been immediate.
The proposal would close Northern Vermont University, which has campuses in Lyndon and Johnson, and close Vermont Technical College’s Randolph Center campus.
The four state colleges and the small Craftsbury school are the latest institutions to switch to remote instruction models in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Nearly 100 Vermont students have had their study abroad programs suspended in Italy and China following outbreaks of COVID-19.
Back in 1970, roughly 15% of state general fund revenues went to support higher education. Now about 2% of state general fund revenues go to support higher education.