Affairs VP to leave Middlebury College for position in


William F. Melton accepts vice

presidential post at Rhode Island School of Design


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


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


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


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.