Bennington College names new president


An educator from Arizona State University will become the next president of Bennington College. Mariko Silver will succeed Elizabeth Coleman, who is retiring at the end of the month after 25 years at Bennington. At Arizona State, Silver was a senior adviser to the school president, Michael Crow. She designed and led campus, community, and international initiatives focused on student engagement and accomplishment on cutting-edge science and on economic development. Silver also served in the Obama administration as acting assistant secretary for international affairs and deputy assistant secretary for international policy of the Department of Homeland Security. She also served as a policy adviser when Janet Napolitano was governor of Arizona, with responsibility for the state’s public and private universities, community colleges, and vocational institutions. Silver received a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a doctorate in economic geography from the University of California at Los Angeles.

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