Southern Vermont College President Karen Gross Begins Blogging for the Huffington Post

July 15, 2013

With her more than 25 years of experience as a college president and faculty member, Karen Gross has much to say about the future of higher education. This month, the Southern Vermont College president began blogging about the challenges facing our education system in the Huffington Post, an online news aggregator and blog for a wide variety of topics and current issue.

“I’m always willing to try new ways to communicate about important issues, and I believe the future of education is one of the most important facing our country,” commented Gross. “I enjoy writing, and I feel deeply about educating our nation’s youth and adults successfully.  With this blog, I can join the two.”

Her first post, “Missing the Fit: Low-Income Student and College Success” was uploaded to huffingtonpost.com on Friday, July 12, 2013, and can be read at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/karen-gross/missing-the-fit-low-income_b_3586015.html. Her second post, “The Right Fit,” which offers concrete suggestions for improving collegiate fit, will soon follow it.  Gross hopes to find time to blog once or twice a month.

Gross has been the President of SVC since the fall of 2006, taking a leave during the 2012 calendar year to serve as Senior Policy Advisor to the US Department of Education in Washington, D.C. While there, she served as the Department’s representative on the interagency task force charged with redesigning the transition assistance program for returning service members and their families, working closely with the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs and Labor. She also was involved in implementing the President’s 2020 Initiative to increase college access and success.

Writing about higher education is nothing new to Gross as she regularly authors pieces for various audiences and in a wide array of publications such as Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, NEJHE, InsideHigherEd and the Chronicle of Higher Education. She has earned a national and international reputation as a scholar, teacher, administrator and community leader dedicated to improving the lives of those less privileged, and she also speaks frequently on topics related to education.

Started in May of 2005, The Huffington Post is dubbed as “The Internet Newspaper: News, Blogs, Video, Community.” In 2012, it became the first commercially run, United States digital media enterprise to win a Pulitzer Prize; that same year, the web site was ranked No. 1 on the 15 Most Popular Political Sites list by eBizMBA Rank.

With over two decades spent as a law professor prior to becoming the College’s president, Gross possesses a background that includes expertise in the areas of consumer finance, over-indebtedness (including student debt), and community economic development. She has also served as a consultant to governmental and non-profit organizations and prior to entering into government service, was on several boards, including Campus Compact (a national service-learning organization). he currently serves on the Board of the Sage Colleges, the New England Board of Higher Education and Association of Vermont Independent Colleges.

Raised in New England, 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.