CASTLETON — Dr. Karen M Scolforo will step down as president of Castleton University on May 31, following nearly three academic years of success.
She made the unexpected announcement at the Vermont State Colleges System Trustees meeting late Wednesday night.
The meeting had been called to discuss the resignation of Chancellor Jeb Spaulding.
Spaulding resigned after his proposal to close the state college campuses at Johnson, Lyndon and Randolph Center met with withering opposition.
He rescinded his proposal and then announced his resignation late last week.
Churchill Hindes, chair of the Vermont State Colleges System Board of Trustees, said Dr Scolforo exceeded his expectations in her role as president.
The VSCS Board of Trustees will appoint an interim president to serve Castleton until a permanent replacement is found.
The Trustees have named VSC general counsel Sophie Zdatny as interim chancellor to take over from Spaulding.
Scolforo’s public announcement came just after Spaulding read his prepared remarks, about three-and-a-half hours into the four-hour meeting.
“It’s certainly been an honor to serve as president of Castleton University and it’s definitely with a heavy heart that I share my decision that my last day will be May 31,” Scolforo said.
“I think the most important thing right now is that we remain focused on our students, which is why we’re all here. They must remain the focus of our work every single day.”