- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding will become chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges in January, replacing Timothy Donovan who is stepping down for personal reasons, the board of trustees announced Wednesday.

Spaulding has been administration secretary since 2011, after serving as state treasurer. Before that he served in the state Senate from 1985-2001 and chaired the education, appropriations and joint fiscal committees.

“I’m very excited about it,” Spaulding said of his new position, adding that he was not looking for an opportunity to leave the Shumlin administration.

He said he was approached by multiple people in the state colleges community who believed the job would be a good fit since he has a background in fiscal and education issues.

“We are thrilled to have someone of Jeb’s character, integrity, skill, and experience to lead the Vermont State Colleges in the coming years. This appointment will provide the leadership continuity that our college presidents have asked for,” said Vermont State Colleges Board Chairwoman Martha O’Connor.

Spaulding has a master’s degree in education administration and planning from the University of Vermont; served on the New England Board of Higher Education and has been director of the Vermont Academy of Science and Technology, an early college program.

“He is the ideal person to take the helm of the Vermont State Colleges, and will continue the effective leadership at VSC and the strong partnership between the state and the colleges,” said Gov. Peter Shumlin who said Spaulding has been a strong proponent of affordable, quality higher education and understands the financial pressures facing the system.

Spaulding said he plans to stay in his position as administration secretary until mid-January and help deliver a balanced and responsible budget.

In May, the board granted Donovan’s request to leave six months before his contract ends because of personal circumstances.

When Donovan retires, his career will include 38 years in the Vermont State Colleges. He served eight years as president of the Community College of Vermont and five years as chancellor of the state colleges, which include the Community College of Vermont, Castleton State College, Johnson State College, Lyndon State College and the Vermont Technical College.

“We are also extremely grateful for the service of outgoing Chancellor Tim Donovan. Tim has dedicated his professional career to the Community College of Vermont and the Vermont State College system as a whole,” said Vermont State Colleges Board Chairwoman Martha O’Connor.

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