2012 Alumni Trustee


Caroline McBride '75Caroline Sneath McBride '75

Caroline McBride is a co-founder and the chief investment officer of Forum Partners Investment Management, a real estate investment management firm founded in mid-2002 to provide niche real estate investment strategies to institutional investors. Forum has $5.5 billion under management with 50 employees in seven offices around the world. Ms. McBride chairs the firm’s investment committee, and oversees the investment process, investor relations and marketing.

Prior to founding Forum, Ms. McBride was a Managing Director at Security Capital Group (“SCG”) where she provided investment and operating oversight for companies in which SCG had a strategic ownership position. Prior to joining SCG in 1996, Ms. McBride was a Director of Private Market Investments for the IBM Retirement Fund, responsible for managing a $ 4 billion real estate and private equity portfolio. Previously, Ms. McBride held a variety of positions at IBM. She joined IBM in 1978.

Ms. McBride is a former Board member of a number of public, private and not-for-profit boards and is currently on the Board of the YWCA of Greenwich where she chairs the Investment Committee.

She has been an active volunteer for the college as a long-time alumni admissions interviewer, Reunion Gift Chair and lead class agent and both daughters are Middlebury alumnae (’04 and ’09). She loves to hike, bike and ski and watch Middlebury field hockey and lacrosse games.

Ms. McBride received her Masters in Business Administration from New York University and her Bachelor of Arts in history from Middlebury College.

New Members: Board of Directors for the
Middlebury College Alumni Association


Victoria%20Baptiste%20%2704 Victoria Baptiste '04

Ms. Baptiste earned a B.A. in English and psychology from Middlebury College in 2004.  While at Middlebury, she studied abroad in Paris, was a leader in student government, a nominee for the Angel’s Award, an editor of Skin Deep Magazine, and an active advocate for cultural sensitivity and tolerance on campus.  Following graduation, Ms. Baptiste worked as a teacher of children with autism spectrum disorders at the New England Center for Children, and later as the Human Studies Coordinator for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, and a behavior therapist for Boston ABA, Inc.  Recently, Ms. Baptiste returned to her home state of Vermont and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at UVM.  She is helping Dr. Sondra E. Solomon to build a new research program, the OWL Initiative:  Building Resilience and Change, which examines stigma, coping, resilience, and psychosocial well-being among stigmatized groups.  Ms. Baptiste also serves as a Graduate Research Assistant on Dr. Solomon’s research project entitled Coping with Rural Community HIV Stigma:  Sexual Risk and Psychological Well-being.  Ms. Baptiste is a pre-doctoral clinician with the Connecting Cultures team, which provides psychological services to refugees and asylees in Chittenden County.  Her research and practice will seek to investigate and address these factors, as well as mental health disparities, access to and retention of services, and culturally-appropriate therapeutic methodologies. Of special interest are the socio-cultural determinants of help-seeking behavior among racial/ethnic minorities, with an eye toward increasing that rate.


Richard Hawley '67

Richard Hawley '67 is a lifelong teacher and writer. He taught ancient history, philosophy and English literature at Cleveland's University School, serving for seventeen years as its headmaster.In 1995 he became the founding president of The International Boys' Schools Coalition.
He has published more than twenty books, including several novels, collections of poems, an opera libretto, and non-fiction books, mainly about children and schools. His essays, articles, and poems have appeared in Orion, The Atlantic, American Film, Commonweal, America, The New England Journal of Medicine, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor , and in a number of other scholarly and literary journals. From 1984-1995 he taught fiction and non-fiction writing at The Bread Loaf Writers Conference. He continues to lecture on scholastic issues at schools and colleges in the United States and abroad.
As a student at Middlebury, Rick was the editor of The Campus, played baseball and was a member of DU.  As an alumnus, he has served as a Class Agent and assisted with Reunion planning.  Rick was also awarded the Alumni Achievement Award in 1996.
He lives in Ripton, Vermont, with his wife, the artist Mary Hawley (Mary Watson '69).

Philip%20Picotte%20%2708Philip Picotte '08

Philip Picotte lives in Southern Vermont. He works as a regional planner assisting Vermont communities prepare for emergencies and recover from natural disasters, and promotes energy efficiency and small-scale renewable energy.

Philip graduated from Middlebury in 2008 with an A.B. in geography and environmental studies. While on campus, he was very active with the Mountain Club and the Alliance for Civic Engagement. Since graduation, Philip has served as a lead class agent, alumni admissions interviewer, and a member of the Annual Fund Executive Committee.

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