Karen Gross, President of Southern Vermont College, Reappointed to New England Board of Higher Education

April 15, 2013

Karen Gross, President of Southern Vermont College, has been reappointed to the New England Board of Higher Education by Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin for a six-year term. Gross was a member of the Board prior to spending last year in Washington, D.C., as a senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Education.

"It’s an honor to represent the State of Vermont on the New England Board of Higher Education and to bring the perspective of private colleges forward as we engage in the effort to improve educational opportunity and success,” said Gross.  “I’m looking forward to collaborating with colleagues from across the region to address a critical issue of our time: education and workforce development.”

The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) was founded in 1955, when six New England governors – realizing that the future prosperity of New England rested on higher education – committed their states to the shared pursuit of academic excellence. Today, the NEBHE promotes greater educational opportunities and services for the residents of New England.

Dr. Gross has earned a national and international reputation as a scholar, teacher, administrator and community leader dedicated to improving the lives of those less privileged. Dr. Gross contributed a chapter in the soon-to-be-released book, “Nursing Leadership from the Outside In.”  Southern Vermont College has a baccalaureate nursing degree program provisionally approved by the Vermont State Board of Nursing.

Prior to becoming a college president, Dr. Gross was a tenured law professor for more than two decades. She served as a consultant to governmental and non-profit organizations and has served on a variety of boards.  She now serves on the Board of Vermont Campus Compact and the Board of the Sage Colleges.

Raised in New England, Dr. Gross is a cum laude graduate of Smith College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and a cum laude graduate of Temple University School of Law, having spent her final year of law school at the University of Chicago. Prior to entering legal academia, she taught at the high school and college levels and practiced law in Chicago and New York.