CRAFTSBURY COMMON -- Matthew Derr will be inaugurated as the 11th president of Sterling College on Saturday, Oct. 12. The 4 p.m. ceremony at the Houston House gardens will be followed by a community barbecue.

Speakers at the inauguration include Richard Detweiler, the president of the Great Lakes College Association; Stephanie Perrin, the former head of Walnut Head School and arts education consultant; Pavel Cenkl, dean of the college and faculty; and Sterling College student Beth Pecoraro, Class of 2015.

Derr, who was selected after an exhaustive national search, assumed the post in August of 2012. Prior to becoming Sterling College's president, he was a Fellow at the Great Lakes College Association. Previously, he was interim president of Antioch College, where he developed a new education model focused on issues related to food, water, health, energy and governance.

In 2011, Derr was recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education as Chief Executive of the Year. He earned his MSW in Community Organizing from the University of Michigan, and has studied at the Heyman Center for Philanthropy at New York University.

The inaugural weekend will also host alumni of the Sterling School, the Sterling Institute, and Sterling College for its annual Reunion. As part of the alumni reunion, noted author Janisse Ray will be reading from her latest book, "The Seed Underground" on Friday, Oct. 11 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Simpson Hall Room 3. Anne Raver of The New York Times said of Ray, "The forests of the South have found their Rachel Carson." Publishers Weekly called The Seed Underground "an enchanting narrative."

For a full schedule of events for the Reunion and Inauguration, visit


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