As the president of Johnson State College and Lyndon State College, I am looking forward to the year ahead as our two campuses become Northern Vermont University on July 1, 2018. It is an honor to work with faculty, staff, and students from both campuses as we advance our mission of fostering the intellectual, creative, and personal growth of every student.
Over the course of the coming year, Lyndon and Johnson community members will get to know each other better and learn more about the rich history and contributions each college has made over the past two centuries. From educating graduates who have gone on to be leaders in their communities and professions to contributing to the local and regional economies, Johnson and Lyndon have been important forces in shaping Vermont, New England, and beyond. As Northern Vermont University, we will strengthen our position as a leader in higher education and continue to serve our students and communities well into the future.
While each of our campuses is recognized for specific strengths – Lyndon’s nationally renowned professional tracks and Johnson’s COPLAC recognized liberal arts programs— we also share many things in common. Our programs in the arts, the sciences, education, and a range of professions prepare students to advance their careers and serve as responsible and remarkable citizens in their communities. Learning at Johnson and Lyndon State Colleges takes many forms — in the classroom and in the field, through exhibitions and performances, scientific research and presentations at professional conferences, participating in and producing print and electronic media, and through engagement in service projects and travel. In these and many other ways, the educational experience at Johnson and Lyndon transforms our students’ lives and prepares them for personal and professional success.
At both campuses, you will find faculty and staff who are deeply committed to student success and to making each student feel they are part of an exceptional learning community, instilling in students, whether Badgers or Hornets, a sense of pride and loyalty. Our close-knit campuses thrive with small classes that enable students to build long-lasting relationships with their professors. Our alumni networks are strong and share a rich history of tradition amid creative and innovative accomplishments.
I invite you to learn more about what Lyndon State and Johnson State have to offer and learn more about our unified future as Northern Vermont University by visiting our campuses and talking with us in person.
This is an exciting time in our colleges’ histories, and I am thrilled to embark on this adventure with you. I look forward to seeing you on campus and learning more about your dreams and goals.
Elaine C. Collins, Ph.D.