Joan Axinn Named to Southern Vermont College Board of Trustees

March 18, 2008

(BENNINGTON, Vt.) - Southern Vermont College has named Joan Axinn of Port Washington, N.Y., to its Board of Trustees. The appointment was confirmed at the College's January board meeting.

Axinn and her husband, Donald, are actively engaged in a wide range of community organizations and educational institutions. They currently support the world-class research center at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in N.Y., a private, nonprofit institution with research programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant genetics, genomics and bioinformatics. The Donald E. Axinn Foundation, which provides scholarships for SVC students involved in community service, supports educational programs throughout the United States. 

"I am very pleased to welcome Joan Axinn as a new trustee to the Southern Vermont College Board of Trustees. Joan brings a strong commitment to the educational mission of SVC and broadens our geographic reach as well," said Board of Trustee chair Wallace Altes. Karen Gross, the President of the College, added, "Joan is a true renaissance person, and her perspectives, experiences and wisdom will benefit our community and help SVC achieve its remarkable potential." 

Axinn received a Juris Doctor law degree from Hofstra University Law School. The Hofstra University Library now bears the names of Joan and Donald E. Axinn through their support for the institution's academic goals.

Axinn has a longstanding interest in and a love for Vermont that began 60 years ago when she was an undergraduate student who learned to ski at Big Bromley in Manchester. For 15 years, Axinn was a member of the National Ski Patrol at Stowe, Sugarbush, Stratton and Bromley.

In 1952, Axinn became politically active and worked for Adlai Stevenson's presidential campaign. After passing the exam for securities dealers in 1960, she worked on Wall Street selling stocks and bonds. Later, Axinn became a social worker with the Nassau County Department of Social Services and joined the Board of Directors of the Nassau County Mental Health Association. She provided support to the Interfaith Nutrition Network, which now feeds more than 2,000 people every day and operates several homeless shelters.       

Founded in 1926, Southern Vermont College offers a career-enhancing, liberal arts education with 19 academic degree programs to more than 400 students. Southern Vermont College recognizes the importance of educating students for the workplace of the twenty-first century and for lives as successful leaders in their communities. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.