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Philip Petty Appointed Dean of Academic Affairs

Saturday, November 3, 2012
Philip W. Petty, a seasoned academician who has also played key roles in developing new technologies in government and community development, has been appointed Dean of Academic Affairs at Vermont Technical College, effective January 1, 2013.

“Philip’s impressive academic credentials, knowledge of Vermont Tech’s people and culture, and management experience make him the perfect fit for this important position,” said President Philip A. Conroy.
Most recently on staff with the Vermont Council on Rural Development, Petty served as e-Vermont Community Director, advancing the goals of e-Vermont: The Community Broadband Project. The $3.8 million project focused on increased Internet adoption and use, particularly for populations that have underutilized broadband technology.

Prior to his two-year appointment with e-Vermont, Petty was a member of the faculty at Vermont Technical College, where he also served as interim director of the Center for Sustainable Practices and as an instructional technology coordinator. In each position, he demonstrated a commitment to continually improving the quality of education for students and their future impact on Vermont.

“One of the most appealing aspects of serving as Dean of Academic Affairs is an opportunity to give back to the institution that has supported me in many different ways,” says Petty, who first joined the Vermont Tech faculty in 1980 and was one of the leaders in developing the Landscape Development and Sustainable Horticulture curriculum.

“For 29 years, Vermont Tech was my home — the place where I worked, where I developed close friends, where I gathered inspiration, and where I was a part of a very dynamic and rich community of faculty, students, and staff. Returning to Vermont Tech offers me a chance to contribute to the college in many important and different ways.”

Petty, a resident of Barre, holds a bachelor of arts in botany from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree in botany and plant pathology from Michigan State University. 

About Vermont Technical College – Vermont Technical College is the only public institution of higher learning in Vermont whose mission is applied education. One of the five Vermont State Colleges, Vermont Tech serves students from throughout Vermont, New England, and beyond at its two residential campuses in Williston and Randolph Center, regional campuses in Brattleboro and Bennington and at six nursing sites located throughout the state. Our academic programs encompass a wide range of engineering technology, agricultural, health, and business fields that are vital to producing the knowledge workers need most by employers in the state and in the region.