Former Central Penn College president named to Castleton post

A search committee has endorsed Karen Scolforo as next president of Castleton University in Vermont.

UPDATE, 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28:
Former Central Penn College President Karen Scolforo has been named Castleton University’s next president, the college announced today. The Vermont State Colleges System Board of Trustees voted unanimously for her appointment Thursday afternoon.

Reported Wednesday, Sept. 27:

Former Central Penn College President Karen Scolforo has earned a key endorsement from a search committee and could soon be the new president of Castleton University in Vermont.

A Castleton presidential search committee unanimously recommended that Scolforo, who served as Central Penn’s president for four-plus years before resigning this month, become Castleton’s new president.

She is in the final interview process with the Vermont State Colleges System board of trustees, and was interviewing with the full board Wednesday afternoon, a Castleton official said.

A board vote is expected Thursday on whether to appoint Scolforo as Castleton’s next president, Jeff Weld, the Vermont university’s dean of advancement, told the Business Journal on Wednesday.

“Dr. Scolforo clearly demonstrated the qualities outlined in the advertised job description,” stated a memo from the search committee on Castleton’s website.

Scolforo, before coming to Central Penn, was executive director at the Fortis Institute in northeast Florida, working closely with community and business leaders to develop relevant curriculum for career-training programs.

The Vermont board will make its decision based on the recommendation of the search committee, input from the Castleton community, results of an online survey and a check of Scolforo’s references, plus the final interview with Scolforo, Castleton’s website said.

Castleton President Dave Wolk plans to step down in December after leading the university for 16 years.

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