Two New Deans Appointed at Champlain College

Laurel Bongiorno, Dean of EHS, and Paula Willoquet-Maricondi, Dean of CCM

Champlain College Provost Robin Abramson has announced the selection of new deans in the College's Division of Communications & Creative Media (CCM) and Division of Education & Human Studies (EHS).

Paula Willoquet-Maricondi began as new dean of CCM on July 1. Willoquet-Maricondi has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Film Studies from Indiana University. Prior to coming to Champlain, she was a professor of Media Arts at Marist College and held dual administrative appointments as Interim Assistant Dean of the School of Communication and the Arts and Chair of the Media Arts Department.

Willoquet-Maricondi has taught courses in film studies, communication, literature, interdisciplinary studies, ESL and French. She is an accomplished scholar, with three edited collections in prestigious presses and numerous peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations.

She replaces CCM founding dean Jeff Rutenbeck, who is now Dean of the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C.

Laurel Bongiorno, Champlain's new EHS dean, has been a full-time faculty member at Champlain since 1999. She took over her new position on July 1.

Bongiorno earned her Ph.D. in Education, specializing in Early Childhood Education at Walden University in 2012. She has been an active member of the Champlain community, serving as Faculty Senate president from 2005-2009, as well as serving on the Senate Executive and Curriculum committees. 

Bongiorno has worked closely with students, both in and out of the classroom. She has been the advisor for Champlain's Children Club since 2000. In 2012, Bongiorno was awarded Champlain College's highest teaching honor, the Edward Phelps Lyman Professorship. For the last two years, she has been the program director and driving force behind the Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education program at Champlain College.

She replaces Sue Rowley, who served as dean of EHS until Spring 2012 and taught at Champlain for 22 years. She retired and is now living in Pembroke, Maine.

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