This June marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. In 1955, the Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies was founded by Gaspard Weiss, a language instructor and several of his like-minded colleagues, who envisioned a graduate school that would promote international understanding through the study of language and culture. Staying true to that core mission for six decades, the Institute has grown, added new programs, faculty, and students to expand its global reach and educational mission. In 1979, the Institute’s name was changed to the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
On June 16th, the Middlebury Institute community came together at the Samson Student Center for an anniversary celebration and as Vice President and Dean of the Institute Jeff Dayton-Johnson remarked, “to renew our commitment and enthusiasm for the principles of this remarkable institution.”
Middlebury formally acquired the Institute in 2010 following a five-year affiliation agreement. One of the leading liberal arts institutions in the United States, Middlebury is known worldwide for its leadership in language instruction, environmental studies, international programs, and innovations in experiential learning. It operates Schools Abroad programs in 16 countries and 36 cities around the globe. The Middlebury Language Schools, which celebrate their centennial in 2015, educate 1,500 students each summer in Vermont and California. The Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English, founded in 1920, offers summer classes in Ripton, Vermont; Oxford, England; and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
In January 2015, the Institute was renamed as the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. The Institute’s rich heritage as a leading international professional graduate school continues to inform its mission and curriculum as it moves forward as part of a truly global network of programs for future leaders in areas from translation and interpretation to environmental policy, economic development to language education, conflict resolution to sustainable business.