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Professors Ballou, Hertz, and Mitchell Stepping Down This Spring

Professors Ballou, Hertz, and Mitchell Stepping Down This Spring


June 4, 2012

David Ballou, Barry Hertz and Linda Mitchell have retired from Lyndon State College according to Steve Gold, interim LSC president. The three senior faculty members represent more than 85 years of service to the College. Gold’s announcement referenced their dedication and devotion to LSC and his “great gratitude for their long and illustrious work.”

Professor David Ballou has been at Lyndon since the early 80s. He served as the director of college telecommunications from 1984-1993 and became a faculty member in the Communication Arts and Sciences Department in 1993. The department is now Electronic Journalism Arts.

He helped develop Lyndon’s Interactive Communications Project (now The Vermont Center for Community Journalism), which has been providing high-quality, student-produced local news broadcasts for the past 30 years. Ballou’s many years of high standards for excellence and professionalism has led to the success of the multi-award winning News7 programs.

Ballou has served as primary chair of his department for many years and donates both his time and resources to the Faculty Portrait Project.

Professor Barry Hertz came to Lyndon in 1980 from Temple University as an assistant professor in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Hertz was chair of the Faculty Assembly for eight years, has served as college marshal and acting associate dean for Academic Affairs, and he has served on the Education Council, the Academic Policy Committee, the Commencement Committee and as a member of the Project Compass team. He was a visiting graduate faculty member at Boston’s Wheelock College every summer from 1985-1998.

Hertz served on the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital Board of Trustees for 10 years. He was a founding member of the Vermont Council of Teacher Educators and has been on the Board of Directors for the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children for 15 years. He has been a member of the Burke School Board, the Burke Planning Commission, and the East Burke Fire Brigade.

A highlight of his tenure as chair of the Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators was signing his eldest daughter’s teacher license.

Professor Linda Mitchell has been a cornerstone of the Business Department since her arrival in 1989. She received her M.B.A. from Columbia University. However, Mitchell’s vast experience has been gained not just in academia, but through her active participation in professional organizations, conferences, symposiums, and workshops.

Mitchell has conducted workshops and seminars in marketing, total quality management, customer satisfaction, and surveying for IBM, Passumpsic Savings Bank, The New England Center for Children, American Society for Quality, Vermont Small Business Development Center, New Hampshire Regional Planning Directors, and the Women’s Small Business Program.

While chair of the Business Department, Mitchell expanded the adult learner program, focused on improving retention and graduation rates, and increased offerings to other academic departments to provide them with new marketing and management tracks and concentrations.

She was awarded the Faculty Fellowship by the Vermont State Colleges Trustees for 2005-2006.