Meet Patricia L. Moulton
Vermont Tech's Interim President
Patricia Moulton was named the college's Interim President by the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees on July 14, 2016. Pat had been serving as the Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development since June 1, 2014 when she was appointed by Governor Peter Shumlin. As Secretary, she facilitated the expansion of many Vermont companies, helped attract new companies, assisted in rebuilding Vermont after Tropical Storm Irene and helped create the nation’s first statewide comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) that has led to millions in federal grants for Vermont.
Immediately prior to serving as Secretary, Pat was Executive Director of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC), a non-profit, regional economic development corporation in southeast Vermont. Pat started with BDCC in February 2013 as Director of Workforce Development with the plan of transitioning to Executive Director. Prior to returning to regional economic development work, Pat served as Deputy Secretary and Director of Economic Development for ACCD under Governor Shumlin. Prior to that appointment, Pat served for a short time as the Vice President of Public Affairs at the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Pat was appointed Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor by Governor James Douglas in 2006 where she served for four years including the difficult years of the “great recession.” Prior to her position as Commissioner, Governor Douglas appointed Ms. Moulton to serve as the full-time Chair of the Vermont Natural Resources Board and its predecessor, the Vermont Environmental Board. Before her environmental regulation and policy work, Pat spent 22 years in the practice of economic development on the local, regional, and state levels. She has worked as Executive Director of four different regional development corporations in Bennington, Windsor, Windham and Orange Counties. She also ran a local economic development office in St. Johnsbury and Lyndon, Vermont. In 1990, she was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Economic Development by Governor Richard Snelling and subsequently appointed Commissioner of Economic Development by Governor Howard Dean. Pat also ran her own economic development consulting company for several years.
Pat has been a great partner of Vermont Technical College throughout her career and clearly understands the important role the college plays in transforming the lives of Vermont students and creating a stronger economy for the State of Vermont. Her considerable leadership skills, statewide connections with employers and economic development leaders, and passion for Vermont Tech’s future make her an exciting interim leader.
Michelle Graham, Executive Assistant to the President