A former state official who oversaw the Vermont EB-5 Regional Center amid the Jay Peak scandal has been named the president of Vermont Technical College.
Patricia Moulton stepped down as secretary of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development five months after federal regulators brought charges against the developers of Jay Peak Resort last April.
On Saturday, the board of trustees of the Vermont State Colleges System selected Moulton among three finalists, including an engineering school dean at Tennessee Tech, who had served as a tenured professor at Worcester Polytechnic, and a chancellor of the Allegheny campus of the Penn State College System. The board received applications from 50 candidates.
Moulton, who was tapped as interim president of Vermont Tech in September, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Vermont and has no previous academic experience. As secretary of the commerce agency, Moulton helped to attract new companies to the state and helped to expand many local businesses. She created a comprehensive economic development strategy that has led to millions of dollars in grants for the state. Moulton was previously the commissioner of the Economic Development and the Department of Labor.
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