MCLA Announces Appointment of Three New Trustees


Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to the College's Board of Trustees. Appointed to five year terms are Dr. William Dudley, professor of philosophy at Williams College, Shirley Edgerton, residential program director for the Department of Developmental Services of Berkshire County, and Susan Gold, a member of the MCLA Foundation Board of Directors. 

"I am so pleased to welcome three wonderful new members to our Board of Trustees," said Jane Allen '61, chair of the MCLA Board of Trustees. "I know that each of them will bring great energy, keen insight, and a collaborative spirit to their work supporting the College, its students, and the faculty, staff, and administrators who work tirelessly every day to make MCLA a strong institution and an important part of the community in North Adams, throughout the Berkshires, and across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts." 

President of MCLA, Mary K. Grant, Ph.D., said, "Will Dudley, Shirley Edgerton, and Susan Gold each bring impressive professional perspectives and unique talents and experiences to their work with the Board. Will is an accomplished scholar with an impressive array of college and community service credentials. In addition to her leadership role with the Department of Developmental Services, Shirley has founded and led important community organizations in the region that work to build community, encourage youth development and educational success, promote the arts, and encourage civic action. Susan has a demonstrated commitment to MCLA through her work with the MCLA Foundation, as well as highly successful philanthropic experience, and deep ties across the community." 

Grant added, "MCLA's new Trustees will help to make a strong board even stronger. I know that Will, Shirley, and Susan will join their colleagues on the board in providing important oversight, and will continue the tradition of trustee engagement by getting to know the faculty, our students, and the terrific opportunities offered through the College's academic and student life programs." 

Dr. Dudley, Ms. Edgerton, and Ms. Gold join incumbent trustees Jane Allen '61, chair of the Board, Stephen Crowe, vice chair, James Clemmer '86, Tyler Fairbank, Richard Lamb, Dr. Eugene Leibowitz, Joelle McDonough, and 2010-2011 Student Trustee Jameek Clovie '11. 

William Dudley is a professor of philosophy at Williams College. He has served on a range of college committees dealing with issues of educational policy, student and residential life, and diversity, and as an advisor to first year students. He is a graduate of Williams, and earned his Master's and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University. 

Shirley Edgerton is Director of Residential Program for the Department of Developmental Services of Berkshire County. In addition to this work, she is the founder of the Women of Color Giving Circle of the Berkshires, based in Pittsfield, Mass., as well as Youth Alive step dance program, which uses the arts as a vehicle to engage young women in educational and mentoring programs. She also serves as a board member for the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Herbert Lehman College at the City University of New York, and a Master of Education from MCLA. 

Susan Gold is an active community volunteer with experience and expertise in development and fundraising who has worked with a number of organizations in Berkshire County, including Northern Berkshire Health Systems, the REACH Community Health Foundation, and Images Cinema. She serves as a Trustee of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA). She has served as a member and officer of the MCLA Foundation Board of Directors, and co-Chair of the Foundation Board's Ad-Hoc Fundraising Committee.  She earned a Bachelor's degree from American University. 

The three new trustees fill positions vacated by three trustees who reached the expiration of their terms of service in 2010: Dr. John Chandler, Dr. Gina Coleman, and Jennifer Trainer Thompson. 

"I am grateful to John, Gina, and Jennifer for their service to the College, for their wisdom and guidance, and for their friendship," said Grant. "I know they will continue to be important members of the MCLA family, and great champions of the College and our unique role as the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college."

Allen noted, "While we will miss John, Gina, and Jennifer, I am confident that our new Trustees will continue their proud tradition of leadership and service, and will provide their own unique contributions to the work of the Board." 

Grant said, "On behalf of the Board and the students, faculty, and staff of the College, I want to thank Governor Patrick and the members of the Public Education Nominating Council for their support in appointing these three great new Trustees who will make MCLA, and public higher education in Massachusetts, stronger, more effective, and more successful."