Burlington College President Jane Sanders: An Expanding Vision, not Just a Pretty View
College is a formative experience for most students, bridging their present lives to a positive future and opening broad new horizons of possibility. Every now and again, a college gets to go through the same phenomenon.
“It’s transformational for Burlington College,” college president Jane Sanders says of the institution’s recent move from their old 95 North Avenue campus to their new digs at the former offices of the Burlington Catholic Diocese at 351 North Avenue. “It’s fabulous. We are leaving a 16,000 square foot building on 2 acres to a 77,000 square foot building on 34 acres. Instead of a lake view, we have lakefront.”
The move makes Burlington College the only Vermont college with a beach – an enormous marketing attraction, since beaches and college students go together like Ben and Jerry. “We brought the students over here to see it, and when we were first talking about the move, they were a bit worried, because they want to stay a small community,” Sanders says. “But within an hour they were playing Frisbee and juggling on the beach and saying, ‘We can live with this.’”
A sandy strand, important though it may be, is the least of the move’s benefits. With its expanded footprint, Burlington College stands poised to make its mark in the panoply of Vermont’s higher-education institutions.
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