David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry at Champlain College: Purpose & History

The mission of the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry is to educate leaders to be the best in the world at seeing the best for the world in order to discover and design positive institutions, organizations and communities that elevate, magnify and bring our highest human strengths to the practice of positive organizational development and change.

Our Work In Appreciative Inquiry (AI) Involves Three Main Areas

The Center aims to become the global hub for cutting-edge work  in Appreciative Inquiry across all organizational sectors.

Our History

The David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry opened in November 2014 in the Robert P. Stiller School of Business at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.

The Cooperrider Center takes its name from Dr. David L. Cooperrider, the world-renowned thought leader on Appreciative Inquiry. Having worked closely with Robert Stiller to bring AI into Green Mountain Coffee Roasters in its early days, David was excited by the possibilities that the Stiller Family Foundation's gift created not only for Champlain, but also for the entire global AI community. David chose to work with Champlain because of the College's willingness to embrace the philosophies of AI and Positive Organizational Development. Additionally, Champlain College strives to establish itself as a global education leader on the forefront of AI research and development.

The Cooperrider Center was made possible through the transformational $10 million gift from Robert and Christine Stiller in 2012 to support programs in Appreciative Inquiry. The Cooperrider Center is one of a number of Centers of Excellence at Champlain College that offer a unique education model for students that combines hands-on learning and skill development working in collaboration with faculty, professional staff, other students and real-world clients seeking business or organizational solutions. 

"We believe that to redefine business, it is necessary to introduce new thinking into how business is taught to the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs." —Robert Stiller