February 20, 2001

External Affairs VP to leave Middlebury College for position in Providence

William F. Melton accepts vice presidential post at Rhode Island School of Design

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.—Middlebury College vice president for external affairs, William F. Melton, has been named vice president for institutional advancement at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, R.I. Melton came to Middlebury College in 1993, where he has had responsibility for development, alumni and parent programs, publications and Web communications, public affairs, and grants. Under his direction, Middlebury is currently completing a six-year $200 million capital campaign. He also headed the College’s recently concluded Bicentennial celebration.

Over the next few months, Melton will continue to direct Middlebury’s Bicentennial Campaign, which will end on Jun. 30, 2001. Noting his mixed feelings as he leaves Middlebury, Melton said, "My involvement in the College’s Bicentennial helped me to understand how brave it was to found a school in the wilderness of Vermont in 1800. It takes just as much courage to do what President McCardell and his leadership team have begun at Middlebury 200 years later—leading faculty, staff, students, and alumni into a dramatic new commons system of residential life. I am honored to have been part of a liberal arts college that is second to none the world over."

Commenting on the announcement of Melton’s appointment, Middlebury College president John M. McCardell, Jr. said that Melton has made significant contributions to the success of the College. "Will Melton planned and managed the largest capital fund raising effort in the history of the College," said McCardell. "As he assumes this exciting new opportunity, he can do so with the knowledge that he has made a meaningful difference at Middlebury College." McCardell cited Melton’s work on the Bicentennial anniversary celebration, his creation of a strong program in external affairs, and his skills as part of the College’s senior management team as some of the qualities for which he will be remembered at Middlebury.

In announcing Melton’s appointment as vice president, Roger Mandle, president of Rhode Island School of Design, said, "We are very pleased that Will Melton will be joining RISD’s senior staff. Mr. Melton brings over 25 years of experience in public relations, management, fund raising, and strategic planning within the academic arena. Throughout his career in educational fund raising, Mr. Melton has successfully participated in seven capital campaigns, five of which he directed. We look forward to welcoming him to campus and to Providence."

Melton commented on the appeal of Providence to him and his family, and said that RISD’s great strengths as a center for education and the arts make it a major driver in the renaissance of the region. "I just couldn’t resist Roger’s invitation to be part of what he’s helped to launch in the college and the museum," said Melton.

Prior to his tenure at Middlebury College, Melton was director of development at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., where he successfully completed the medical school’s $125 million campaign and was selected as a member of the steering committee that planned Yale’s record-breaking $1.7 billion drive. During this time, he simultaneously directed a capital campaign for Yale-New Haven Hospital to help fund the construction of a 200-bed children’s hospital.

Melton has also held fund raising positions at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Northfield, Mass., Friends School of Baltimore in Baltimore, Md., and Chatham Hall in Chatham, Va.

Melton’s volunteer activities include service on the boards of The Cushing Whitney Medical Library, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and The Urban League of Greater New Haven. He has also served as a consultant pro bono for various organizations including Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti and Northfield Mount Hermon School. Among his other activities are digital photography and a longstanding interest in military art and photography.

Melton received his bachelor of arts degree in religious studies from the University of Virginia. The father of four children, he will relocate to Providence, R.I., along with his wife Eliza Childs, a freelance editor.