CASTLETON -- Castleton College President Dave Wolk is pleased to announce that Lyle Jepson has been named the Dean of Entrepreneurial Programs.

Jepson, who has served as the award-winning Director of Stafford Technical Center in Rutland since 1999, will lead the new entrepreneurial center in a collaborative effort with Castleton's current Director of Community Service and Internships, Chrispin White.

The Castleton Center, which will be located in downtown Rutland in the Opera House adjacent to the recently relocated Castleton Polling Institute, will work to further the college's educational mission and better connect it with schools, non-profit organizations, businesses, and industry. An expanded effort in student community engagement programs, Castleton Center for Schools outreach, and new connections with the greater Rutland community are also key components to the new programs.

An Open House for the Polling Institute and the new Castleton Center will be scheduled later this spring.

"With thirty years of successful and widely admired experience working with schools and area businesses, we are very excited to experience what Dean Jepson will be able to bring to Castleton," Wolk said. "His amazing work with the Stafford Technical Center has been well documented, and his commitment to, and connections with, the region and the state are the perfect fit for our college. Our students and our community will be the winners in these new ventures.


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Jepson will begin his tenure at Castleton on July 1, and is excited to hit the ground running. "I am certainly looking forward to this new challenge, and thank President Wolk for believing in my abilities to help lead the college at this very exciting time," Jepson said. "It is our desire to be a player in innovative business and community ventures by supporting workforce development which results in high-skill, high-demand, and high-paying job creation. Woven into this goal is the cultural and intellectual vitality that thrives as part of the energy surrounding new economic growth."