Good Fortune Next Time: Life, Death, Irony, and the Administration of Very Small Colleges

Good Fortune Next Time: Life, Death, Irony, and the Administration of Very Small Colleges

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There may never have been a funnier or more honest account of life in higher education.--Jonathan Larsen, former editor of High Times and the Village Voice

Will Wootton reminds us of the joys and the value of small liberal arts colleges and] why we should fight--as he did mightily--for their survival. --Dr. Paul LeBlanc, President and CEO of Southern New Hampshire University

Will Wootton, at various junctures in his life, has been a horse wrangler in Colorado, a sous-chef in southern Vermont, and the editor of a Chinese-English newspaper in Boston. While Good Fortune Next Time touches on these endeavors, its real focus is on the joys and tribulations of administering small liberal arts colleges in New England. This literary memoir tracks Wootton's twenty-nine- year odyssey through the halls of academia, ending with his six years as president of Sterling College in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, where he paces back and forth on the porch of worry, coaxing the small but beloved college back to life.

Will Wootton served as President of Sterling College from 2006 to 2012. Before then, he was Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Montserrat College of Art, and for nineteen years he was at Marlboro College. Wootton has published articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education and recently a chapter from Good Fortune Next Time in the Santa Fe Writers Project. He and his wife Lulu live in Craftsbury Common, Vermont.



Author: Will Wootton
Publisher: Mandel Vilar Press
Published: 12/12/2017
Pages: 288
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.05lbs
Size: 8.90h x 6.00w x 1.10d
ISBN: 9781942134350

About the Author
Will Wootton was President of Sterling College - the smallest liberal arts college in the nation - from 2006 to 2012. The college, located in Craftsbury Common, Vermont (the Northeast Kingdom, as well as the college, was facing dire financial prospects and possible closure when he arrived). In relatively short order, Wootton was successful in obtaining significant grants, while putting into place policies and initiatives that set the college on a strong economic footing At the same time, he was instrumental in invigorating Sterling's commitment to combining traditional and experiential academics, so that it is now receiving national recognition. Prior to coming to Sterling, Wootton served as Vice-President for Institutional Advancement at Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, Massachusetts, and for 19 years before then, he was at Marlboro College (southern Vermont), first serving as Director of Development and then Vice-President for Institutional Advancement. After retiring from Sterling College, Wootton took an interim position as Vice President of Advancement at New Mexico Highlands University and Executive Director of Highlands Foundation. He and his wife Lulu live in Craftsbury Common, Vermont.