Castleton University's Interim President Is Retiring

CASTLETON, Vt. (AP) — The interim president of Castleton University is retiring next month.

Dr. Jonathan Spiro will leave the post on Jan. 3, the board of the Vermont State Colleges System said Monday.

Spiro has served Castleton University and the Vermont State Colleges System for nearly 20 years as a faculty member, administrator, and since May 2020 as the university's interim president, the board said.

Board chair Lynn Dickinson said that as interim president, Spiro led Castleton though a challenging time as it navigated the challenges of the pandemic and the resulting impacts on students and employees.

Among many accomplishments, Spiro recently created the Center for Teaching and Learning at Castleton and “fostered a rise in student retention,” Dickinson said.

Castleton Provost Thomas Mauhs-Pugh will become interim president, the board said.

The Vermont State Colleges System is unifying Castleton, Northern Vermont University and Vermont Technical College into a newly established Vermont State University, which will have five campuses and other remote sites.

Vermont State University will officially become a singly accredited university in July 2023, Chancellor Sophie Zdatny said.