Karen Gross, president of Southern Vermont College, has been appointed senior policy adviser in the U.S. Department of Education and will be taking a leave of absence from her college post.
Gross will serve in the office of undersecretary of education for one year beginning Jan. 17, focusing on issues in higher education, including access, affordability and programmatic quality. During her absence, James Beckwith, Southern Vermont College’s chief operating officer, will serve as acting president.
Gross became Southern Vermont College’s eighth president in 2006 after having spent two decades as a law professor at New York University, specializing in consumer finance and indebtedness.
Deborah Wiley, chairwoman of the college board, called Gross’ appointment a tribute to both Gross and “the entire SVC community.”