Marlboro is pleased to welcome Larkspur Morton as the program chair for the new MA in Teaching, Ecological Education and Leadership (MAT-E) program, run in collaboration with Expedition Education Institute (EEI). “Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies and EEI are philosophically aligned in a many ways,” said Larkspur, who is executive director of EEI, with more than 15 years of experience teaching in traditional colleges as well as transformative traveling college programs. “We both value and use learning community models, experiential approaches to learning, and transformative education.” Passionate about progressive outdoor education, Larkspur brings the gifts of her enthusiasm, energy, positive outlook, and deep curiosity to the MAT-E program. “Leading and teaching from an ecological worldview will change the way we live on and as a part of this earth,” she said. “Those who are ecological leaders and teachers accomplish this both through the changes they create and through spreading their ways of thinking and being.” Larkspur has a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology from Hamline University and a doctorate in animal behavior from the University of California, Davis.
Karen White has been a familiar presence in the graduate center for several years, teaching courses in project management in the health care and mission-driven organization programs. Now she has taken on serving as the program chair for both the MSM in Health Care Management and the new MSM in Project Management. “I love coming over to the graduate school and mixing it up with staff, faculty, students—we have such a diverse community, and yet, we have a common sense of identity,” said Karen. “The authentic caring, the intellectual curiosity and challenges, the opportunity to learn from one another—these are the attributes that make Marlboro so unique and so special.” Author of the award-winning Practical Project Management for Agile Nonprofits, Karen has more than 15 years experience helping corporate and non-profit organizations around the globe improve their project management capabilities. She is a certified by the Project Management Institute, with a master’s degree in information systems from Northeastern University. Karen was recently named a fellow of the Project Management Institute in recognition of her contributions to society.