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BURLINGTON, Vt. -- The Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium (GMHEC) has named Corinna Noelke of Middlebury as its first executive director to oversee the combined administrative cost-saving efforts of Champlain College, Saint Michael's College and Middlebury College.
Noelke has held numerous roles at Middlebury College since 2006 and has been instrumental in the Consortium's recent efforts in the areas of business management, special projects and finance. The GMHEC was created in 2013 by the three Vermont private colleges in an effort to reduce costs associated with purchasing supplies and services common to all three institutions.
As Director of Special Projects at Middlebury, Noelke had been instrumental in leading various consortium efforts to date, according to Patrick Norton, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer at Middlebury College. Her new appointment was made after a national search by the three CFOs of GMHEC. She began work in April.
According to David Provost, Senior Vice President of Finance and Advancement at Champlain, Noelke has already had some early wins for the consortium in combining purchasing card contracts with JP Morgan and Office Supply; working on combining management software; and beginning to explore merging benefits administration tasks for the three schools.
"With Corinna as the executive director, we will continue to move forward on improving our efficiencies and driving down administrative costs in areas common to all three colleges," Provost added.
Both Saint Michael's and Champlain have about 2,000 traditional undergraduate students and Middlebury has 2,450 students. Through cooperative planning efforts, the three colleges expect to directly address areas of rising costs and continue to strive to make higher education accessible and affordable to all students.
Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit champlain.edu.