Middlebury College Appoints Director of the Bicentennial


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.