On May 13, 2020

Dr. Jonathan Spiro named interim president of Castleton University

CASTLETON—The Vermont State Colleges board of trustees named Dr. Jonathan Spiro interim president of Castleton University, according to a news release Thursday, May 7. Dr. Spiro will begin June 1 and serve until a permanent president is named.

“It’s an honor to be named Castleton’s interim president. I’m confident our amazing and hard-working team of faculty and staff will continue our trajectory of success far into the future. While the Covid-19 pandemic creates many challenges for small universities, Castleton will always be a strong and stabilizing force in meeting regional educational needs,” Spiro said.

Dr. Spirohas served in a variety of academic posts since his arrival at Castleton in 2002. He has served as interim provost, academic dean, dean of the college of arts, humanities, and social sciences, and chair of the department of history, geography, economics, and political science. Dr. Spiro was the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award for his courses on history, politics, race, slavery, immigration, the ancient Maya, and the nature-nurture debate. Formerly a professor at the University of California Berkeley, he twice won the “Distinguished Teacher” award.

Dr. Spiro is known nationally as a leading authority on the eugenics movement, and authored the critically acclaimed book, “Defending the Master Race: Conservation, Eugenics, and the Legacy of Madison Grant.” He is frequently called upon by national media, including The Atlantic and The New York Times, for his perspective on race and nationalism.

Dr. Karen M. Scolforo will continue to serve as Castleton president until May 31.

Under Dr. Scolforo’s leadership, Castleton University enjoyed numerous successes and achievements, including enrollment growth, balanced budgets, the establishment of two new campus locations, and the addition of more than 20 academic programs.

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