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Matthew Derr
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Matthew Derr is President of Sterling College in Vermont, one of the leading voices in for environmental stewardship and the liberal arts. Sterling was one of the first colleges in the United States to focus on conservation ecology, outdoor education, and sustainable agriculture.

Derr has been a visiting fellow with the Great Lakes Colleges Association, and was Interim President of Antioch College, where he led an alumni effort to revitalize the college. At Antioch, he initiated the development of a curriculum focused on global issues associated with food, water, health, energy, and governance and was awarded a Council for Advancement and Support of Education Chief Executive of the Year award for his efforts at Antioch.

Derr's professional life has included leadership roles in secondary and higher education, and he has been a frequent consultant to colleges and universities. His research interests and activism focuses on community organizing, global higher education, food systems, and LGBTQ civil rights.

He holds a B.A. in History from Antioch College, an M.S.W. in Community Organizing from the University of Michigan, and has further studies at the Heyman Center for Philanthropy at New York University.

Entries by Matthew Derr

The Civic Role of Higher Education

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 8:05 PM

Throughout American history, colleges and universities have provided leadership on the social and political issues of the day. One criterion of the health of our democracy is the active role of higher education in civic dialogue and as a catalyst for change based on prevailing values and advances in knowledge....

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Why Sterling College Divested from Fossil Fuels

(5) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 2:51 PM

Colleges and universities across the United States have an obligation to speak out on the critical environmental and social issues facing our country. The calamitous effects of climate change are directly linked to the educational mission of Sterling College and its focus on ecology and sustainable agriculture.

Sterling College is...

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