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Patton eyes town-gown future, dreams big

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Posted on July 11, 2019 |
By Christopher Ross



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MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE PRESIDENT Laurie Patton believes the college has a powerful role in the community and that its decisions have real impact. This role has informed her approach to strengthening town-gown relationships. Independent photo/Steve James

MIDDLEBURY — Where town-gown relations are concerned, a lot has happened during Laurie Patton’s four years as president of Middlebury College, and she’s perfectly happy to take an inventory of recent successes:

•The percentage of students engaged in community service has increased from 70 percent to 80 percent, roughly, and Patton is eyeing 90 percent in coming years.

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