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By Senators White and Shumlin,

By Representatives Deen of Westminster, Edwards of Brattleboro, Hube of Londonderry, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marek of Newfane, Milkey of Brattleboro, Moran of Wardsboro, Mrowicki of Putney, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O'Donnell of Vernon, Partridge of Windham and Pillsbury of Brattleboro,

Whereas, Marlboro College, established in 1946, is a unique institution of higher education whose academic mission is “to teach students to think clearly and to learn independently” and emphasizes academic self‑initiative and a creative pursuit of knowledge, and

Whereas, students are required “to participate in the planning of their own program of study,” through the plan of concentration first introduced in 1960, and major community issues are addressed through the college town meetings  convened regularly since 1947, and

Whereas, before any class met, Robert Frost became Marlboro College’s first trustee in 1946, and in 1950, the college awarded him its first honorary doctoral degree, and

Whereas, Arthur F. Whittemore was elected the first chair of the board of trustees, and Walter Hendricks, Marlboro College’s first president in 1946, and Hendricks and his wife, Flora, donated most of the farm land and buildings that formed the campus, and

Whereas, the Marlboro Music School arrived on the campus in 1950, commencing the college’s international reputation as a center for chamber music and the college’s association with many famous musicians, including Rudolf Serkin, who in 1977 was awarded an honorary doctorate and for whom in 2005 the college’s new performing arts center was named, and

Whereas, in 1965, Marlboro College’s academic integrity and excellence were confirmed when, on its first application, it achieved accreditation from the New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, and

Whereas, former Newsweek Magazine correspondent Rod Gander, who later was elected Senator from the Windham Senatorial District,  became president in 1981 and inaugurated the college’s first capital campaign, and

Whereas, a new era in international education was launched in 1985 when Marlboro College and the School for International Training collaborated to establish World Studies and World Issues academic programs, and

Whereas, Marlboro College entered the high technology age in 1994 with wiring construction support from a major federal Title III grant, and

Whereas, in 1997, the scope of studies and physical contours of the college were extended in new directions when the Marlboro College Graduate Center was established in downtown Brattleboro, and

Whereas, in the first decade of the 21st century, major developments have included the opening of the Marlboro College Technology Center in Brattleboro, the establishment of a farm on the main campus, the receipt of a Freeman Foundation grant to strengthen undergraduate education and inspire research on Asian studies topics, the completion of a capital campaign that raised $5 million above its original goal, and the arrival of Ellen McCulloch‑Lovell as the college’s eighth and outstanding current president, now therefore be it  

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Marlboro College on its 60th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Marlboro College President Ellen McCulloch‑Lovell.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont