Bennington College President to Retire

Sep 20, 2012

The president of Bennington College will retire at the end of the academic year after 25 years as head of the private, liberal arts college in Vermont.

During her tenure, Elizabeth Coleman has overseen the college's greatest growth period in its 80-year-history.

The institution has raised more than $175 million and constructed six buildings in her 25 years and had an all-time high enrollment of nearly 700 undergraduates and 136 graduate students in the last academic year.

The Bennington Banner reports that admissions applications also have doubled since her start to about 1,200 for the current freshman class.

The college's board of trustees is appointing a committee to search for a new president.

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