February 17, 1998

Middlebury College Appoints Director of the Bicentennial Campaign

Middlebury College has named Penelope Peoples to the position of director of the Bicentennial Campaign, a fundraising effort launched in October 1997 to raise $200 million by June 30, 2001. The campaign coincides with the College's celebration of the 200th anniversary of its founding in the year 2000. Peoples will be responsible for overseeing major gifts and grants.

The Bicentennial Campaign is the largest capital campaign in the school's history and one of the biggest fundraising efforts ever initiated by a college of Middlebury's size.

Peoples comes to Middlebury College with more than a decade of development experience in both higher education and healthcare, seeking private, corporate and foundation gifts and grants. Most recently she served as the director of development and public relations for MGH Institute of Health Professions at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Prior to this position, Peoples worked as the director of corporate and foundation relations for Harvard Law School, and as senior development officer for Yale University, with primary responsibility for corporate and foundation fundraising for the Schools of Medicine and Nursing.

Peoples received an undergraduate degree in English and drama from Pomona College. She earned her doctorate in English at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.