Dr. Lori Collins-Hall becomes Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Nicole Civita, JD, LL.M., becomes Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

Christina Goodwin ‘02 promoted to Vice President for Advancement

Sterling College welcomes three new senior leaders to its administration this spring in positions that will be central to supporting Sterling in the advancement of its mission of ecological thinking and action.

Dr. Lori Collins-Hall, past Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Antioch College, has accepted the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Former Sterling faculty and Senior Advisor to the President, Nicole Civita, JD, LL.M., has accepted a new role as the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. Christina Goodwin has been promoted to Vice President for Advancement after serving as the College’s Dean of Advancement & Alumni Relations.

Lori Collins-Hall has spent 25 years in higher education as a scholar-practitioner, engaging students in transformative learning opportunities and high-impact community engagement, including community-based service-learning, community evaluation research, coalition building, and work-based education. In her time at Antioch College, Lori supported the young institution through gaining regional accreditation, facilitated the College’s strategic planning process, and contributed to the development of Antioch’s ecological and agricultural focus. Prior to Antioch, Lori was a tenured faculty member, Assessment Coordinator, and Chair of the Sociology Department at Hartwick College. Lori and her wife Chris live in Florida and she will work remotely until they relocate to campus in Summer 2021.

Nicole Civita returns to Sterling as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, after leading the Sustainable Food Systems specialization within the Masters of the Environment professional graduate program at the University of Colorado Boulder. She also has current and former faculty affiliations with the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the LL.M. Program in Agricultural and Food Law at the University of Arkansas. During her time on the Sterling faculty in sustainable food systems, Nicole was on the College’s Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems leadership team and instrumental in establishing the School of the New American Farmstead. Nicole is a founding co-convenor and the policy director of Project Protect Food Systems and also developed the Maati-Paani-Asha vision and center with Gopikabai Sitaram Gawande College in India. Nicole is working remotely from Colorado where she lives with her husband Doug and two children, and her family is actively planning their return to the Northeast Kingdom.

Christina Goodwin has been promoted to Vice President for Advancement after serving as the College’s Dean of Advancement & Alumni Relations since May 2018. Christina is a 2002 alumna of Sterling, holding a Grassroots Certificate, Associate of Arts, and Bachelor of Arts from the institution. She serves as the chief advancement officer responsible for providing effective leadership, administration, and implementation of fundraising activities, alumni engagement, and marketing and communications. As the College looks to its next comprehensive campaign, Christina will provide leadership to bring the necessary resources to fund Sterling’s ten-year strategic initiative. Prior to her return to Sterling, Christina spent 16 years in the non-profit sector as a leader and fundraiser for organizations delivering conservation and human services in Vermont communities. She lives in Worcester, Vermont.


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