Champlain College President Donald J. Laackman to Step Down

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academics Laurie Quinn to serve as Interim President

June 12, 2019, BURLINGTON, VT - After completing five years of service, Champlain College President Don Laackman has decided to step down, effective June 28, 2019. The Board of Trustees has accepted his resignation as announced in a letter to the college community today.

Dr. Laurie Quinn, Champlain's Provost and Senior Vice President for Academics, has been appointed Interim President, effective July 1, 2019. It is anticipated that she will serve in this capacity until a new permanent President begins.

"I am deeply grateful for the privilege of leading Champlain College and will forever hold this community close to my heart," said Don Laackman. "I'm proud of what we have accomplished together over the last five years. Of particular importance to me has been delivering on Champlain's career-focused mission and connecting students' professional focus with their meaning and purpose in life. It has been gratifying to me to spend time with students as they are beginning their journeys, and to meet with Champlain alumni at many of our corporate partners to see their success thanks to their experiences at Champlain. I have great confidence in Laurie Quinn as Interim President and in Champlain's future success."

Trustee Neale Lunderville has agreed to serve as Chair of the Presidential Search Committee, working with the campus community to select Champlain's next President. More specifics will be shared regarding the search process over the coming months.

Scott Carpenter, Chair of Champlain College's Board of Trustees, said, "On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I'd like to thank Don for his significant contributions to Champlain. His efforts and accomplishments in service to Champlain's students, career-focused mission, and financial stability leaves the College in a position of strength. We are fortunate that Dr. Laurie Quinn has agreed to apply her many talents and skills to serving Champlain as Interim President and look forward to working with her in this capacity. Champlain has a long history of reinvention and we remain confident in Champlain's ability to succeed into the future."

Dr. Laurie Quinn joined Champlain College in 2014. Dr. Quinn has provided leadership focused on academic excellence and innovation, supporting students, faculty, staff as Champlain's Chief Academic Officer and managing the successful growth of Champlain College Online. Before her arrival at Champlain, Dr. Quinn held leadership roles at Granite State College in New Hampshire, in public humanities programming and as a grants officer. Quinn earned her PhD in English Literature at the University of New Hampshire and her master's and undergraduate degrees at Boston College. She presently serves as a member of the Board of Generator. She lives in Burlington with her husband Peter Sutherland and their son.

Dr. Quinn said, "I honor President Laackman for his extraordinary service to Champlain, and I appreciate the confidence that the Board has shown in me by appointing me Interim President. I see my new leadership role as a privilege. It is an honor for me to advance the extraordinary transformations in students' lives that a Champlain college education makes possible. Together with a talented faculty and staff dedicated to our professionally focused mission, we will continue to thrive by serving our students in Burlington, online, and abroad."

Don Laackman joined Champlain College in 2014 as the College's 8th President. Under his leadership, the College grew the endowment by 70%, instilled financial discipline, more than tripled the size of the online student body to 3,500, and brought a collaborative approach to governance of the College.


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.