Announcements, News

Vice President of Administration and Chief Risk Officer Mike Thomas sent the following message in an email on October 12.

Dear Middlebury Community,

I am pleased to announce that Jesse Stratton—a collaborative leader and advocate for employee safety and compliance—has been named director of Environmental Health, Safety, and Compliance at Middlebury. He began his new role on October 3.

Jesse comes to Middlebury from Atlas Technical Consultants where he served as a senior project manager for various safety and compliance projects across Vermont. His areas of expertise include infection control, industrial hygiene, regulatory compliance, and design and implementation of industrial safety-related training. Jesse’s work with Atlas provided him with several opportunities to work on the Middlebury College campus on projects related to reopening strategies during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic; safety assistance for the Forrest Hall and Johnson Hall renovations; and regulatory compliance training for Middlebury staff.

Jesse has a bachelor of science degree in freshwater and marine biology from the University of New Hampshire, as well as several professional certificates and certifications across diverse environmental health and safety fields.

He shared that he is looking forward to joining Middlebury in this new capacity.                   

“I have been fortunate to have several opportunities to work with various departments at Middlebury over the years,” he said. “During that time I have always been struck by the amazing group of dedicated people that make up Middlebury. I am humbled by the opportunity and beyond excited to get started supporting those that do so much for each other and this Institution.”

I’d like to thank the search committee for assisting in the selection process: Assistant Director of Student Activities Valerie Nettleton, Associate Director for Sciences Technical Support Jody Smith, Manager of Support Services Jodie Keith, Human Resources Business Partner Jack Dorkey, and Enterprise Risk Management Specialist Amber Lovely-Lee, who supported EHS during the search for a new director.

Please join us in welcoming Jesse to Middlebury.


Mike Thomas
Vice President of Administration and Chief Risk Officer