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Thursday, February 25 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Staying Relevant: The Endowment as a Tool in the Toolkit

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A commitment to a mission that is embraced by students, faculty, alumni and donors keeps a university relevant and resilient amidst the threats to higher education today. Learn how Middlebury College marshalled its investments as well as campus operations and academics in service of its mission to prepare its students for the world we are handing them. Doing so fulfills their endowment’s financial objectives and their fiduciary responsibility while slowing global warming and its devastating effects and inspiring all those in its sphere to become change agents together. Participants from across the university will benefit from the lessons shared.

Some key takeaways from this session:

3 characteristics were key to Middlebury College's success in staying relevant in addressing the challenges of today across their college sectors
  • Collaboration. Middlebury developed a community plan that engaged diverse stakeholders from student activists to trustees, identifying common objectives among competing priorities.
  • Commitment.. leading incremental change over several years to accomplish long-term goals, implementing an expanded view of fiduciary duty to align with their educational mission.
  • Courage - the  willingness to engage deeply in a challenging process, creating a seat at the table for all voices to be heard, and ultimately standing firm on their commitment to their students and to future generations.
 Whether you’re a student, a college president, trustee or a CFO, there is much to learn from Middlebury’s journey and continued leadership on these important issues

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Keith Johnson

Chair, Reinhart's Institutional Investor Services
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Jack Byrne

Director of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs, Middlebury College
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Susan Gary

Professor Emerita, University of Oregon School of Law
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Laurie Patton

President, Middlebury College
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David Provost

Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration, Middlebury College

Thursday February 25, 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm EST