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THE HONORABLE JANE SWIFT TO DELIVER MCLA'S SPRING PUBLIC POLICY LECTURE

03/30/17

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces this spring’s public policy lecture, “The Trump Presidency,” will be presented by former Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift, on Thursday, April 13, at 7 p.m., in the MCLA Church Street Center’s Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium.

Made possible through the generosity of the Ruth Proud Charitable Trust, this event is free and open to the public.

“We will be pleased to hear from one of our own this spring, as North Adams native Jane Swift speaks about the unprecedented Trump Presidency from her political and personal perspectives as a Republican and our former governor,” said John DeRosa, administrator of the Ruth Proud Charitable Trust. “I encourage the public to attend this event, which is sure to be most informative as we learn what we might expect from President Donald J. Trump and his administration during his tenure in the White House.” 

Swift served as the governor of Massachusetts from 2001 to 2003, after having served as the Commonwealth’s lieutenant governor. In addition to being the only woman to perform the duties of governor of Massachusetts, at 36, she was the youngest female governor or acting governor in United States history.

Swift gained national attention as a high-profile, working mother – giving birth to twin girls just a month after becoming governor. In addition, she led many security-related initiatives in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11. This included testifying in support of the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. 

Previous to serving as Massachusetts’ lieutenant governor, in 1990 – at the age of 25 – Swift was the youngest woman ever elected to the Massachusetts Senate. She served the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden Massachusetts Senate District from 1991 to 1996.

As a three-term state senator, Swift assisted in crafting the landmark Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993, which introduced accountability, high standards and innovation into Massachusetts’s public schools. As governor, she implemented many of these reforms, which proved so successful that the U.S. Department of Education declared it a national model for other states.

Swift was appointed by Governor Argeo Paul Celluci as Massachusetts’ secretary of consumer affairs in 1997. She served in that post until she won election as lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, in 1998.

Since leaving elected office, Swift has worked in the private sector as a consultant and executive in education technology, as well as serving on corporate and non-profit boards, teaching and lecturing on topics pertaining to women and leadership, and supporting philanthropies that address issues of importance to women and girls.

Swift became CEO of Middlebury Interactive Languages in August 2011, and continued in that position until March of this year.

She has spent her career focused on education, women’s and girl’s advancement and in particular, issues impacting working mothers. She serves on the Advisory Board for the School of Leadership Afghanistan, and on the Board of Trustees for Champlain College among other charitable and professional boards and positions.

Swift holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Trinity College in Boston, and has received six honorary doctorates and numerous awards. She is a Distinguished Lecturer in Leadership Studies at Williams College, a teaching position she has held for nearly a decade.

Swift resides in Williston, Vermont, with her husband Chuck and their three high-school daughters, Elizabeth, Lauren and Sarah.

For more information, 413-662-5224, or go to www.mcla.edu/publicpolicy.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.