NORTH BENNINGTON — The independent Village School of North Bennington has announced that three local educators will be joining its board of trustees.

Former Mount Anthony Union High School principal Sue Maguire, MAUHS art teacher Jill VanOrden, and Bennington College vice president of finance and administration Brian Murphy will all join the board for the coming school year. They replace departing members Jay Girvin, David Monks and Rachel Schumacher.

Maguire, of North Bennington, retired as principal of the high school, a position she had held for 12 years, at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Prior to that, she had been principal at Molly Stark Elementary in Bennington for 11 years, and had been a classroom teacher for 15 years. Since her retirement, she has taught graduate level courses on educational leadership, and in February was named to the board of trustees for Southwestern Vermont Health Care.

Murphy, a resident of Shaftsbury, has worked at Bennington College since 2014. Prior to that he was the executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, responsible for a staff of 100 and an operating budget of $85 million. Murphy got his bachelor's degree in finance and accounting from Florida State University and his master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.

VanOrden is a native of Bennington, the child of two teachers, and came up through the local school system. She received her bachelor's degree in art from the University of Vermont. She currently has two children at the Village School.


Monks and Schumacher have been involved in the North Bennington community for years. The pair were honored at the 8th annual North Bennington Living History Day in 2013, and have served on the Village School's board of trustees since March 2013.

Over the past 25 years, Schumacher has served on numerous boards, including that of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (which is part of SVHC), the Bennington Chamber of Commerce, Bennington United Counseling, and the Vermont Arts Council. In 1999, she was appointed by Governor Howard Dean to the Vermont Economic Development Authority for a six-year term, and was re-appointed by Governor James Douglas again for another six-year term. She has also served on the board for the McCullough Free Library.

Monks has served on the boards for the Sage City Symphony, the Vermont Arts Exchange, and served as a trustee for the Village of North Bennington up until this March, when he declined to run for re-election.

Girvin became a trustee in 2014, and is the senior partner of the New York-based education law firm Girvin and Ferlazzo. "He brings to the board experience in collective bargaining, mediation, fact-finding, arbitration, improper practice and unfair labor practice proceedings, as well as other labor relations matters," said a press release from the Village School at the time of his appointment.

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Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.