Sterling College Names Three New Trustees

—Durand, Geer, and Hooper Join Leadership of Environmental
Liberal Arts College—

Craftsbury Common, VT—February 12, 2014—Sterling College has named three new members to its Board of Trustees: Bob Durand, Judy Geer, and Allison Hooper.

Bob Durand, former Secretary of Environmental Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is the president of Durand and Anastas Environmental Strategies, Inc., an environmental permitting and government relations business, based out of Boston. He lives in Marlboro, Massachusetts and Hardwick, Vermont with his wife, Nancy.

Regarding his appointment, he said: “Sterling College is making a huge contribution to the wellbeing of society with its liberal arts education focused on environmental stewardship. I’m pleased and proud to be a trustee at the first college in Vermont and the third college in the nation to divest its endowment from fossil fuels. I’m glad to help keep Sterling’s momentum going.”

Judy Geer heads the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, a non-profit whose mission combines lifelong sports, sustainability, and stewardship. Geer competed on the US Olympic Rowing teams in 1976, 1980, and 1984. She is also a member of Concept 2, a company started in 1976 by her now-husband Dick Dreissigacker.  In 2008, Geer and Dreissigacker purchased the Craftsbury Outdoor Center and turned it into a non-profit.

“As a Sterling College neighbor, I’m excited by the College’s new programs and initiatives, as well as by the new and vigorous leadership of President Matthew Derr,” she said. “It is an honor to join the Board of Trustees at this critical juncture in Sterling College’s history.”

Allison Hooper is an internationally known cheesemaker, entrepreneur, and one of the first artisan cheesemakers in the United States. Hooper co-founded Vermont Creamery in 1984. Today, its creations have won more than 100 awards nationally and internationally, including the U.S. Small Business Administration “Small Business of the Year” for Vermont in 1996.

“I have centered my life and career around sustainable agriculture and food systems, and Sterling College’s innovation and creativity around food and farming resonates with me,” she said. “I’m looking forward to working with the entire Sterling College community so it can continue to be a boot camp for a revolution in the stewardship of our food system.”

Also joining the Sterling College Board of Trustees is Eric Becker, the chief investment officer of Clean Yield. Becker joined the board in October, and will be completing the term of Rian Fried, the co-founder of Clean Yield, who passed away in July of 2013. Additionally, the Board elected noted author and journalist Jon Larsen as its new Chair in the October meeting.

“These three trustees bring considerable experience and expertise in environmental and sustainability leadership,” said President Matthew Derr. “Bob, Allison, and Judy bring intelligence, energy, and visionary thinking that would benefit any governing board. We are delighted that they will bring their skills to support Sterling College and our ambitious plans for the future.”