- Associated Press - Thursday, April 30, 2015

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The president of a college in Vermont says she almost didn’t accept the job because the area lacks diversity.

The Bennington Banner reports (https://bit.ly/1JbDDg1 ) Dr. Mariko Silver spoke this week at Bennington College and said that, coming from a diverse metropolitan area, she was worried about the small presence of minorities in Bennington.

She ultimately took the position as the college’s president, Silver said, but other people might not even consider Bennington College for similar reasons.

Silver said that while Bennington has good resources, it’s still lacking food options and has limited public transportation.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 95.9 percent of Bennington’s recorded population of 15,764 was white, a number in line with the rest of the state of Vermont.

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