December 12, 2013 - 12:00am
Following a meeting of the Middlebury College Board of Trustees, College President Ron Liebowitz announced plans to step down from his post effective June 30, 2015. President Liebowitz timed his announcement to coincide with consideration by the Board of Trustees of a set of significant changes to the governance structure that currently oversees the College and its affiliated entities, including the Monterey Institute of International Studies, the C.V. Starr-Middlebury Schools Abroad, the Middlebury Language Schools, and the Bread Loaf School of English. The Board of Trustees approved the changes at its regular December business meeting in New York on December 12.
For the Monterey Institute, the most significant change will be the replacement of the Institute’s existing Board of Governors by a new Board of Overseers, a majority of whom will be sitting members of the Middlebury Board of Trustees. The new Monterey Institute Board of Overseers, which will take office on July 1, 2014, will also include several “partner overseers” and three “constituent overseers”—one faculty member, one staff member, and one student.
Liebowitz, the 16th president of Middlebury College, assumed office in 2004 and spearheaded the move to add the Monterey Institute of International Studies as a Middlebury affiliate in 2005. In 2010, the Institute was fully integrated as a graduate school of Middlebury College.
For more detailed information about these changes, see the two stories on Middlebury’s website regarding the governance changes and President Liebowitz’s announcement, as well as the report of the Governance Task Force appointed by the Board of Trustees.