Champlain College Names Laurie Quinn of N.H. as Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Provost Laurie Quinn

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Laurie Quinn will begin as Champlain College's provost and chief academic officer on Friday, August 1. Quinn comes to Champlain from Granite State College in Concord, NH, where she was provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. Granite State College is part of the University System of New Hampshire.

"Laurie has demonstrated the ability to build strong relationships and to champion the needs of faculty," Champlain President Donald J. Laackman wrote in a campus-wide email announcement earlier this month. "Laurie has a strong understanding of Champlain and a passion for our mission. I am thrilled with the opportunity to work with an educator who brings with her the experience that will help us achieve the ambitious goals of our Champlain 2020 strategy," he continued.

Quinn said she is looking forward to fostering innovation at Champlain, adding, "I believe Champlain's integration of liberal education with professional studies is a model for colleges in preparing students for challenging careers and meaningful lives."

She earned her B.A. and M.A. at Boston College, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire in English Literature.

Quinn succeeds Robin Abramson of South Burlington, who served in the position since 2007. Abramson stepped down at the end of June and plans to return to teaching in 2015 at Champlain after a yearlong sabbatical.

Before Granite State College, Quinn served as senior program director at the New Hampshire Humanities Council, where she was a generalist scholar and researcher, oversaw the community grants program, and made proposals to foundations with an interest in helping to advance diverse initiatives.

Champlain's "radically pragmatic" approach to education is what first attracted her to the College, and she is looking forward working with faculty to ensure Champlain College becomes the finest small, professionally and globally focused college in the United States.

She is joined by her husband Peter Sutherland and son Patrick. The family will live in Burlington.

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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