By Tiffany Danitz Pache, VTDigger
The board of trustees of the Vermont State College system unanimously appointed Karen Scolforo to be president of Castleton University, Thursday afternoon at its annual retreat.
In December, Scolforo will take over for retiring President Dave Wolk.
VSCS Chancellor Jeb Spaulding backed the board’s decision. “We know we can’t clone Dave Wolk, but I am confident that, in Karen Scolforo, the board of trustees has chosen a person with the right approach to leadership and management,” he stated.
Wolk, who has been the longest serving head of the college to date, will be leaving after 16 years.
Scolforo was president of Central Penn College from 2013 to 2017. When she doubled the school’s endowment.
While at the University of North Florida for her doctorate, Scolforo increased enrollment at Fortis College in Jacksonville, Fla.
Board Chair Martha O’Connor said they were impressed with Scolforo’s strategic planning and the way she built relationships with the community.