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A. Wayne Roberts joins Champlain College as senior project consultant

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first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.–Champlain College President David F. Finney and Lynne Ballard, dean of Champlain’s Online and Continuing Education Division, announced today that A. Wayne Roberts will join the College as a senior project consultant.The recently retired president of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, Roberts will work directly with the Workforce Development Center at Champlain College to provide financial and marketing consulting as the center launches new adult learning opportunities for the Vermont business community and beyond. Additionally, Roberts will assist in developing new strategic alliances for the College, also targeted to working professionals and their employers.For 20 years, Roberts served as Chamber president in Burlington and recently retired in October. Before his Chamber career, Wayne worked in Washington, D.C., in a variety of high-ranking government positions within the Reagan administration, and he owned several hospitality businesses in Jeffersonville, Vt. Wayne was also a tenured assistant professor in management at Johnson State College, where he helped build a business management program. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Babson College and MBA from University of Massachusetts.”I have been impressed with Wayne’s creative entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen and the College will benefit greatly from his experience as a business leader,” said President Finney.Ballard shared President Finney’s enthusiasm by commenting, “Wayne’s expert, no-nonsense approach will help us launch new initiatives with confidence and in a short timeframe that will truly address the needs of employers.” Champlain College prides itself on having close connections with the business community, preparing its students for career change or advancement, and delivering education that is relevant and experience-based.Champlain College’s Workforce Development Center was established in January 2006 to bring leadership to initiatives that include: delivery of professional education to high-priority industries in the form of new master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees or professional certificates to meet the needs of a knowledge-intensive, highly skilled workforce; strategic partnerships that connect companies and individuals to educational and training opportunities; and collaboration with economic development partners to create an attractive environment for creative entrepreneurs to stay in Vermont and grow their businesses.For more information about the Workforce Development Center at Champlain College, visit www.champlain.edu/workforce(link is external) or contact Melissa Hersh at (802) 865-5402 and hersh@champlain.edu(link sends e-mail).last_img read more