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Committee Descriptions and Membership

Nominations for open positions are taken during Town Meeting. Elections are held on the first three days of the following week in the dining hall during lunch.

Approximately half of each committee is elected in the fall, and the other half in the spring, unless otherwise specified. Positions are elected for a term of two semesters.

Committee meetings are generally held on a weekly basis, and are open to the community at large, unless otherwise specified.

Current Membership

Athletic Committee

  • 2 community members
  • Committee responsibilities are to procure and maintain athletic equipment, schedule and arrange for games, maintain game equipment and cooperate with the Administration in developing athletic policy.

Health and Wellness Advisory Committee

  • 3 community members, Total Health Center staff
  • Members of this committee work together to advise on policy, initiate legislation as necessary, address health related student issues and develop educational programs/discussions to meet the needs of the current campus population. The committee will conduct periodic reviews of the Health Services and work to improve/revise these services as necessary.

Community Court

  • 5 students, 3 faculty, 1 staff
  • Members of the Community Court are responsible for hearing those appeals of community members which fall under the following jurisdiction:

    • Violation of the rules promulgated by the Town Meeting
    • Theft or destruction of the property of the College or others
    • Conduct prejudicial to the best interests of the College
    • Violation of library rules
    • Contempt of court
    • Interpretation of town meeting rules
    • Determination of constitutionality of Town Meeting Laws and By-Laws.

Community Service Committee

  • 3 students, 1 faculty, 1 staff
  • The committee is charged with developing and maintaining community service opportunities for the Marlboro College community. The committee focuses its work in the surrounding communities, but is not limited to the immediate geographic area.

Environmental Quality Committee

  • 5 community members
  • This committee creates, enacts, and sustains programs that reduce campus resource consumption and improve campus environmental quality. This includes maintaining a bulletin board in the Dining Hall and organizing recycling and composting efforts.

Farm Committee

  • 8 community members
  • The Farm Committee will support the Farm Manager position by assisting in overseeing the farm budget, organizing projects, facilitating farm-related discourse, and representing the farm at Town Meetings.

Film Committee

  • 3 community members
  • The committee is responsible for organizing public screenings of films during the academic year. This involves selecting films as well as reserving, setting up, and breaking down projection equipment. The committee has also been known to use its funds to purchase films for the library collection.

Food Committee

  • 3 community members
  • This committee will review food services, act on complaints, advise on policy and initiate legislation if necessary. All student members of the Food Committee must subscribe to the College Food Service.

Public Art Committee

  • 2 students, 1 faculty, 1 staff
  • The committee is responsible for the development, advancement, and encouragement of Marlboro Community art in appropriate public spaces on the Marlboro campus.


  • 9 community members
  • The Selectboard is responsible for the leadership and general well being of the community. Specific responsibilities include:
    1. the proper exercise of the powers that have been formally delegated to the community government
    2. representation of the interests of the students to faculty, administrative personnel, and other bodies
    3. advising and counseling individuals as may seem appropriate
    4. maintenance of pleasant and hygienic conditions on campus
    5. enforcement of community by-laws.

Town Meeting Scholarship Fund Committee

  • 5 Town Meeting members
  • The committee is responsible for regularly publicizing and hearing applications to the Town Meeting Scholarship Fund. The Language: "The Committee on the Town Meeting Scholarship Fund (herein "the Committee") will manage the Town Meeting Scholarship Fund (TMSF). The Committee will consist of five members. Three members will serve one­year terms beginning after the final faculty meeting of the fall term. Two shall serve one­year terms beginning following the Final Faculty meeting of the spring semester. Committee members may not apply to the TMSF, but may apply to the Reserve Fund"

Spiritual Life Committee

  • 5 community members
  • This committee is responsible for helping to address and facilitate the spiritual and religious needs of students, faculty and staff by providing a Space on campus for the general practice of religious and spiritual activities. In addition, they shall be responsible for encouraging discussion about these ideas, as well as providing links to the greater religious and spiritual community in a manner demanded by the student body.

Housing Committee

  • 4 students, one faculty or staff
  • The Housing Committee manages housing policy and the special designations of dormitories. The Housing Committee is composed of the Director of Housing and Residential Life, three students, (one of whom is a Resident Assistant) and one faculty or staff member. Its purpose is to assist the Director and their administration (Student Life Coordinators and Resident Assistants) with housing policy and the special designations of campus residences. Housing policy includes forming and implementing the housing contract and ensuring a successful housing selection process each spring. The committee also provides students, staff, and faculty with a channel for communicating their concerns and suggestions about housing operations.

Work Program Coordinators

  • 2 students

Library Committee

  • The Library Committee consists of the Librarian, who chairs the committee ex officio; two other members of the faculty appointed by the Dean; and one student elected by Town Meeting.
  • The Library Committee is composed of the Library Director, two faculty members and two students. Its purpose is to assist the library administration with forming and implementing policies regarding the use and development of the library. It also provides the students and faculty with a channel for communicating their concerns and suggestions about library operations.

Language Committee

  • 3 faculty, 2 students, 1 staff
  • The Language Committee is dedicated to supporting the study of languages not regularly taught at Marlboro College. The committee oversees the instruction of these languages, as well as summer language grants, and works in tandem with the Curriculum Committee and the dean of faculty to provide an complete curriculum. The Language Committee consists of two of the faculty members teaching language (with each faculty member serving a two-year term every three years), one faculty representative of the Committee for World Studies, two students elected by Town Meeting and a staff member representing information technology.

WRC Advisory Board

  • The Women's Resource Center's advisory board will consist of six town meeting members, preferably two staff members, two students, and two faculty members. Members will be elected through Town Meeting and serve one-year terms, with 3 members starting in the spring and 3 in the fall. These town meeting members should serve as community educators and organizers on issues of gender, sexism, and oppression.
  • 6 community members

Events Committee

  • 8 Community members
  • Events Committee is responsible for organizing and providing for cultural events such as lectures, readings, concerts, and performances open to the community without charge. It also organizes for Applefest in the fall semester and Mayfest in the spring semester.

Queer Resource Center

  • Two students to be elected in a staged pattern.
  • Providing a safe place for queer identified individuals on campus and educating the wide community.

Admission Committee (Student Representatives)

  • Three Students.
  • See Admissions Committee.

Selectboard Treasurer

  • One community memeber
  • Overseer of the Town Meeting budget and Selectboard funds.

Editor of The Citizen

  • One Community Member
  • Responsible for Editing and Distributing The Citizen

Student Representative to the Trustees

  • Two students.
  • Responsible for meeting with the Board of Trustees during a Board meeting and contrasting the Student Rep's report for the board meeting itself.

Town Crier

  • One community member.
  • Responsible for making announcements during meals.

Town Meeting Moderator

  • One community member.
  • The Moderator of Town meeting. Responsible for resolving conflicting over Robert's Rules, Guiding the community through the agenda, and choosing who's turn it is to speak.

Selectboard Clerk

  • One community member.
  • Responsible for taking the minutes of Selectboard and Town meeting.

Committee on the First Two Years

  • Two Students
  • See Committee on the First Two years.

Student Representatives to the Curriculum Committee

  • 3 students
  • A committee that discusses the curriculum.

Student Representatives to the Faculty Committee

  • 2 students.
  • Committee on Faculty related matters.

Students on the Dean's Advisory Board

  • 3 students
  • Students on the Dean's advisory board.

Living in Color

  • 2 to 3 students.
  • A minority resource group.

World Studies Committee Representatives

  • 2 students
  • Student reps to the WSP committee.

Court Clerk

  • One community member.
  • Takes minutes for community court.

Community Court Clerk

  • 1 community member
  • The clerk's responsibility is to keep a written record of both the open and closed hearings of the Court and to distribute this record to the appropriate parties. The clerk is not a voting member of the Court.

Editor of The Citizen

  • 1 student
  • The Citizen is a vehicle for the communication of news, opinions, letters, reviews, and related information among members of the College Community. Its pages and production process are open to any member of the College Community who wishes to participate within the bounds of practicality and at the Editor's judgment. The Editor of the Citizen is responsible for organizing and supervising staff for the Citizen, and overseeing production of biweekly issues of the Citizen. Nominated parties must post a letter of intent on the Town Meeting board. This is a paid position.

Head Selectperson

  • 1 community member
  • The Head Selectperson has a special position of leadership and general responsibility for the well being of the Community as a whole. In addition to regular selectboard responsibilities, the Head Selectperson meets with the president, faculty, staff, and students on a regular basis, and is responsible for the organization of Town Meeting and chairing selectboard meetings.
  • Current Members:
    • Solomon Botwick-Ries - 12/2015-12/2016

Literary Magazine Editor

  • 1 community member
  • At least once a year, the Literary Magazine will publish works of literature and art by members of the Marlboro College community. The editor's job will involve scheduling, organizing, and overseeing the entire project. The editor will appoint the two other editors for business and layout.

Representatives to the Trustees

  • 2 students, Head Selectperson
  • The Trustee Representatives attend meetings of the Board of Trustees, and meetings of Trustee committees as appropriate, as non-voting representatives. They are responsible for reporting to the trustees on matters of student concern and for reporting to Town Meeting on trustee decisions and actions. There are three trustee meetings per academic year.

Town Crier

  • 1 community member
  • The Town Crier shall announce lectures, concerts and other performances or events that concern the Marlboro community. These announcements are generally made daily at lunch and dinner. More recently, the Town Crier has also generated daily informational emails campus-wide.

Town Meeting Moderator

  • 1 community member
  • The moderator presides over Town Meetings, directing discussions and ensuring loose adherence to Town Meeting rules of order. The moderator must be familiar with the Handbook and understand Town Meeting procedures.

Town Meeting Treasurer

  • 1 community member
  • The Town Meeting treasurer sits as a member of the selectboard in addition to maintaining all Town Meeting and Washer/Dryer Fund accounts with the college and the bank. The treasurer dispenses committee and scholarship moneys, and collects any fees associated with Town Meeting and its committees.

Academic Integrity Committee

  • 2 students, 3 faculty, Dean of Faculty (ex officio), Director of Advising (ex officio)
  • The Committee considers issues of academic integrity and makes recommendations to the Faculty. In particular, the Committee, together with affected faculty, investigates suspected plagiarism, making a determination as to scale and intent to deceive, with recommendations to the Faculty for action. In addition, the committee is charged with vetting handbook language for changes to academic regulations.

Admissions Committee

  • 3 students, 3 faculty, 3 Admissions staff, Director of Admissions (ex officio)
  • The committee is responsible for admissions decisions for all new applicants to the college; for assisting and advising the Director of Admissions in administering the Admissions program; and for proposing any changes in admissions procedures or standards to the full faculty. Responsibilities include reviewing files of applicants for admission to the college and attending a weekly meeting to discuss these files. Nominated parties must post letters of intent on the Town Meeting board.

Committee on Faculty

  • 2 students, 3 faculty, Dean of Faculty
  • The committee's primary functions are to conduct searches for new faculty, to conduct regular and special reviews of members of the faculty, and to make recommendations to the President concerning appointments to the faculty. From time to time, it may also review and porpose to the faculty changes to the procedures governing its actions or pertaining to the professional rights and responsibilities of faculty members.

Committee on Finances

  • 3 faculty
  • The committee consists of three members of the faculty, with one elected each year for a three-year term. It consults with the President and the Board of Trustees on the finances of the College, with an emphasis on matters relating to faculty salaries and benefits; it determines faculty opinion concerning College finances, represents those opinions wherever it may be appropriate, and reports back to the faculty on the results of such efforts; and it may propose action to the faculty in appropriate areas.

Committee on Lectures, Concerts, and Exhibits (ad hoc)

  • The committee is responsible for organizing lectures, concerts, and exhibits; for administering the funds in support of such activities; and for coordinating with the Lyceum Committee of Town Meeting.

Committee on Prizes and Scholarships

  • 4 faculty
  • The committee consists of four members of the faculty, one from each area of the curriculum. It is responsible for gathering and coordinating information on eligibility for academic scholarships, for making recommendations to the faculty for the award of such scholarships, and for gathering the information on the award of prizes in specific areas from the faculty who decide them.

Committee on World Studies

  • 2 students (1 WSP, 1 non-WSP), 4 faculty, World Studies Program staff
  • The committee considers a broad range of policies governing international and intercultural study opportunities and initiatives that foster global perspectives across the curriculum. The committee works to ensure community-wide discussion on international programs, serves as an advocate for internationalization of the curriculum, and provides guidance on international academic programs.

Curriculum Committee

  • 3 students, 4 faculty, Dean of Faculty
  • The committee considers a broad range of questions pertaining to the curriculum: proposed changes in course offerings; the need or advisability of adding new positions to the faculty or of allocating positions differently; the definition and descriptions of open regular positions; changes in academic regulations; curricular issues referred to it from the whole faculty or raised by faculty or students or the Registrar; and so on.

Dean's Advisory Committee

  • 3 students, 3 faculty, Dean of Students
  • The committee advises the Dean on student business and on the application of College and Town Meeting regulations; it may propose changes in regulations to the faculty, to Town Meeting, and to the Administration.

English Committee

  • The committee consists of the writing instructors and four other members of the faculty, one from each area of the curriculum. Its primary functions are to read and evaluate the writing of students who have not yet passed the Clear Writing Requirement; to recommend action to the faculty or the Dean of Faculty concerning those students; and occasionally to consider changes to the regulations covering the Clear Writing Requirement.

Research Committee

  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, 4 faculty members (one from each area)
  • The Committee reviews all faculty, staff and student research involving human and animal subjects. For federally funded research projects, the Dean appoints an additional member (veterinarian for animal subjects; psychologist or other social scientist for human subjects) from outside the College community. The Committee is also responsible for holding annual workshops on research and updating College materials on research policies and procedures.

Trustee Delegates

  • 2 faculty members elected to staggered two-year terms.
  • They attend meetings of the Board of Trustees, and of Trustee committees as appropriate, as non-voting representatives of the faculty. They are responsible for reporting to the trustees on matters of faculty concern and for reporting to the faculty on trustee discussions and actions.

Committee on the First Two Years

  • The committee is charged with improving and exploring issues related to the freshman and sophomore experience at Marlboro. Specific concerns include academic advising, peer advising, the Dedicated Hour, and transition to Plan.

Environmental Advisory Committee

  • The Standing Environmental Advisory Committee (SEAC) shall consist of three faculty, three staff, and three students and shall include at least two members of the Town Meeting Environmental Quality Committee (EQC) and one staff representative of Plant Operations. There shall be two additional members, the Student Life Coordinator for Community Engagement and a Graduate Center representative.. The members shall be appointed to annual terms by the president, who may also appoint a chair or co-chairs.
  • The committee shall:

    • Advise the president regarding college environmental sustainability
    • Recommend policies and procedures to implement the Environmental Mission Statement
    • Collaborate closely with EQC and, in cooperation with the EQC, promote sustainability awareness throughout the college community
    • Conduct regular assessments of college progress toward sustainability

Reaccreditation Steering Committee

Sexual Harassment Panel

  • Compliance Coordinator, 2 students, 2 faculty, 2 staff, - equally men and women
  • The panel receives reports and complaints of sexual harassment from the community; processes formal and informal complaints, including conducting impartial investigations; and deliberates on findings and recommends actions.

Standing Buildings Committee

  • 2 students for indefinite terms, select faculty and staff
  • The SBC is responsible for coordinating the multi-million dollar campus building plan. The committee looks at renovation and construction of buildings, and grounds and road design. Duties include integrating user group programs, architect selection, the permitting process, and gathering community input.

Town Meeting Moderator

  • One community member.
  • Responsible for moderating, directing conversation, and resolving conflicts within Town Meeting.

Dining Hall Crew Chief

  • generally 1-3 students
  • The Crew Chief is responsible for ensuring that the dining hall is a healthy and welcoming place in which to eat. The Chief is supervised by the Selectboard and paid $2000 per semester. One Chief must be on duty after every scheduled meal in the dining hall. The Chief must solicit participation from community members in writing at least one week before they are expected to serve.

Public Advocate/Associate Advocate

  • 2 students
  • To protect the integrity of the Community, two Advocates from the Town Meeting are appointed by the Board of Selectpersons to undertake all cases presented to them by other members of the Community. They are responsible for the correct writing of charges, in accordance with the Handbook, for proper investigation (i.e., gathering sufficient evidence); for making an effort to settle cases out of Court; and for determining whether the accused has been advised of his or her rights by the Dean of Students. Each Advocate is appointed as Associate Advocate to a one-year term. Appointments are made prior to the start of each semester, and only one Associate Advocate is appointed at a time. On a vacancy in the office of Public Advocate, the Associate Advocate shall assume this role and a new Associate shall be appointed.

Sound System Curator

  • 2 community members
  • The sound system curators are responsible for maintaining the sound equipment, making recommendations to the Selectboard for the purchase of new equipment, and regulating the use of equipment at their discretion.

Fire and Safety Commission

  • Fire Chief (appointed by the Selectpersons with the consent of the Director of Plant and Operations), 2 Deputy Fire Chiefs (appointed by the other members of the Commission), Dean of Students or delegate, Director of Plant and Operations, the College's Master Electrician, 1 Selectperson
  • The Commission responsibilities include: promulgating and enforcing the Town Meeting regulations regarding fire, motor vehicles, firearms and pets; seeing that adequate fire prevention measures are taken by the Community; bringing violations of fire and safety regulations to Community Court for prosecution; and reviewing and recommending new or amended fire and safety regulations to Town Meeting.