Agenda Item: Removal of the President

Burlington College

Jane O’Meara Sanders is probably going to lose her job as the president of Vermont’s Burlington College next week. Ordinarily these details are kept secret but, for some reason, Sanders’s removal is an item on the agenda for Board of Trustees.

According to an article by Mike Donoghue in the Burlington Free Press:

Sanders, who has headed the small college on North Avenue since 2004, confirmed for the Burlington Free Press on Tuesday night that “Removal of the President” is on the agenda for the board of trustees meeting at noon Monday. The situation was first reported online Tuesday evening by 7 Days.

“The leadership of the Board and I are engaged in ongoing discussions regarding the future of Burlington College and its leadership,” she wrote. “As is typical in any institution, trustees and the president frequently have different visions and expectations for their college. While I have not yet had the opportunity to discuss the future with the full Board, I am hopeful that we can work together to ensure the continued success of Burlington College.”

Sanders problem appears to be related to fundraising. While the president recently announced a $1 million bequest to the school, the largest it’s ever received, some board members apparently believe she isn’t raising enough money. The tiny—about 200 students—progressive college faces significant financial pressures and recently purchased a new campus (that’s the old campus above) for $10 million.

The president is the wife of U.S. Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT). [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer