Lisa Ventriss to lead the Stiller School of Business at Champlain College as interim dean



Former Vermont Business Roundtable CEO To Extend Business Community Ties With College

Vermont Business Magazine Champlain College announces the addition of Lisa Ventriss as Interim Dean of its Robert P Stiller School of Business. Ventriss retired after 19 years as president and CEO of the Vermont Business Roundtable earlier this year. During her tenure, she championed the creation of Vermont Talent Pipeline Management, which seeks to align critical industry needs with state education and training providers. Ventriss came out of retirement to assume her position as interim dean of Champlain at the start of this academic year.

“Students today need to learn to pull theories out of the classroom and find out how they play out in the real world. In addition, it is essential that students begin to develop their business networks while they are still in school, ”said Acting Dean Ventriss. “Vermont companies have always appreciated Champlain College as a good partner for internships and recruitment. I am delighted to expand these important links between Vermont employers and Champlain students and increase the visibility and integration of the Stiller School of Business in Vermont and beyond.

Lisa Ventriss, Acting Dean of her Robert P Stiller School of Business. VBR photo.

Acting President Dave Finney said, “Champlain’s innovative and career-oriented education comes to life at the Stiller School of Business, where we aim to develop students into leaders capable of playing on the global stage and causing change. positive in their lives, workplaces, communities and the world. With Lisa’s vast experience and Champlain’s long history of career-oriented education, we are uniquely positioned to contribute to Vermont’s economic development and help meet the workforce needs of the world. ‘State by creating stable employment pipelines between organizations and Vermont students.

Ventriss will focus on strengthening regional employer engagement in Champlain university programs and career opportunities. This expanded network will help inform Champlain’s strengths-focused curriculum, build on programs that connect students with mentors and learning experiences within the Vermont business community, and expanding opportunities for students after graduation.

About Champlain College: Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, private, non-profit college located 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 undergraduate and undergraduate and graduate residential programs and certificates online. Champlain’s distinctive, career-focused approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience combine to create knowledge. For the seventh year in a row, Champlain was named the “Most Innovative School” in the North by US News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges”, and was among The Princeton Review’s “387 Best Colleges” in 2022. Champlain is also featured in the Fiske 2021 College Guide as one of the “Best and Most Interesting Schools” in the United States, Canada and Britain and has been recognized as a 2020 College of Distinction for its “Commitment, Teaching, Community and Results. For more information, visit

Source: Burlington, Vermont (September 22, 2021) Champlain College


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