President of Burlington College resigns Monday

Monday September 26, 2011

BURLINGTON (AP) -- The president of Burlington College has resigned after months of talks with the board of trustees, the college announced Monday.

Jane O’Meara Sanders, the wife of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, submitted her letter of resignation on Monday, the same day the trustrees planned to discuss her future during a meeting.

An agenda item for the trustee’s meeting included an item, "Removal of the President."

Sanders, 60, who has led the 200-student college since 2004, will officially step down on Oct. 14.

She plans to take a sabbatical over the next year during which time she says she will consult with the private liberal arts college on fundraising, site development and other matters. The college did not say why she had resigned.

"We reached a decision which I believe is best for both the College and me," she said in an email to the Burlington Free Press ( after the meeting.

The question has been whether she would remain in the post for another six years, when her current contract expires in 2013, she said.

"The board and I have different visions for the future and that’s perfectly fine," she told the newspaper.

The college credited Sanders with negotiating the $10 million purchase of the Burlington Catholic Diocese headquarters and its lakefront property on North Avenue, where it moved earlier this year.


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