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President Mariko Silver reflects on her final term at Bennington College.

Provost and Dean Isabel Roche to Serve as Interim President

In her column for Forbes, President Mariko Silver writes about how cultivating professional relationships can help to bridge the advantage gap for recent graduates entering the workforce. 

President Silver was among several college presidents who signed a letter published in the Wall Street Journal which pointed out how ranking rules exclude “some of the most outstanding small colleges in the country.”

Mariko Silver was one of four guests invited to speak at the Bipartisan Policy Center on rising costs and the higher education system.

Mariko Silver received an honorary degree and gave the keynote speech at the 2017 commencement ceremonies for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Hofstra University.

Mariko Silver was interviewed for two articles featured on about the role that mentoring can play in professional success.

President Mariko Silver’s interview with WAMC’s Alan Chartock touched on topics ranging from personal to professional to political—addressing some of the critical issues facing students, parents, and citizens today.

Mariko Silver was interviewed on WGBH earlier this month about the impact of the travel ban on higher education, in which she spoke out against the executive order.

The Chronicle of Higher Education published an editorial by Mariko Silver in which she recommends Jeff Chang's We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation as "required reading for all higher-education professionals." 

Mariko Silver was one of four women in leadership roles featured in a Psychology Today article, "The View from the Top."  

The Philadelphia Inquirer published an article about the role of college presidents in the age of Trump that featured Mariko Silver. 

The following statement was issued by President Mariko Silver to the campus community recently.

In the wake of the election this November, The Chronicle of Higher Education published an opinion piece by Mariko Silver called "Learning How to Be Together." 

Bennington College President Mariko Silver joins more than 100 other college and university presidents in an open letter to President-elect Donald Trump that urges him to forcefully “condemn and work to prevent the harassment, hate, and acts of violence that are being perpetrated across our nation, sometimes in your name, which is now synonymous with our nation’s highest office.”

President Mariko Silver was among the thought leaders and college presidents approached byThe Chronicle of Higher Education to weigh in on the future of higher education. 

The Manchester Journal reported this week on U.S. Representative Peter Welch's visit to Bennington and his support of the downtown revitalization project.

Mariko Silver is a featured guest speaker at the Liberal Arts Imperative in the Digital Age: A Higher Education Summit hosted by Northeastern University and the Association of American Colleges and Universities. The two-day summit aims to "convene leading thinkers on higher education to explore [the] proposition: the liberal arts matter more than ever in the 21st century, and they matter for everyone." Silver will be participating in two panels, "Integrating the Liberal Arts & Experiential Learning at Home and Abroad," and "The Liberal Arts Imperative, STEM, and Professional Education."


Bennington was one of three colleges in a Forbes feature about colleges that are about to be hot under bold, entrepreneurial leadership.

A consortium of local business leaders, institutions, and civic-minded investors, including Bennington College, announced a plan to transform the block of historic buildings at the Four Corners of Bennington, VT into a vibrant, mixed use downtown space with offices, in-town living, restaurants and retail.  

Mariko Silver, president of Bennington College, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), beginning July 1.

In an essay in Inside Higher Ed, President Silver examines the intersection of sex, gender, power and policy in the workplace. This article has been adapted from her chapter in Women in the Academy: Learning From Our Diverse Career Pathways, published by Lexington Books.



President Silver contributed a chapter to "Women in the Academy: Learning from our diverse career pathways" (Lexington Books, April 2016), edited by Nichola D. Gutgold and Angela R. Linse.

A collection of updates to the community regarding North Bennington water supply.

Bennington College President Mariko Silver recently spoke at a meeting of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Higher Education Working Group on Global Issues at the CFR headquarters in New York. The working group is exploring the role of colleges and universities in a changing world and how institutions can better meet the challenges of globalization.

In a letter to the Bennington College community, President Mariko Silver announced the appointment of Paige Bartels, vice president of institutional advancement, to a new role as senior vice president for strategic partnerships.

We are intimate, our classes are small, our houses are homes. But we take up space in the world—in the cultural landscape, in the landscape of higher education, and in the global landscape of ideas and makers. And that’s because we think big.

President Silver authors an opinion piece in the Hechinger Report, in which she argues for the value of helping students cultivate a productive dissatisfaction. 

"A Bennington education is an education in the real." These were the words of class speaker Parke Haskell ’15 to her fellow graduates at this year’s commencement. “We don't ask questions that already have answers,” she continued. “We are encouraged to reach beyond the realm of the ascertained, to take risks and leap into the very scary real, where we do not know at all what will happen, where questions only engender more questions, where nothing has a name. This is why I believe that a Bennington education is the most terrifying and gratifying one in the world.”

President Silver joined Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, and Dale Stephens, founder of UnCollege, a gap-year program for young adults, to talk to host Laura Knoy about new research on college degrees and integrating work experience with academics.