“I think of Marlboro as a model for the future, and an institution that offers students the best opportunity to discover who they are and trust in their own abilities,” said Elsa Waxman, who joined the board of trustees in May. Elsa is a licensed social worker and family therapist, who had a private practice for several years and has been very active in the local community. “I feel that my background as a social worker, and hopefully, an accepting and creative thinker, will be a positive addition to the board,” Elsa said. “Also, considering that my own path to my profession was not always a smooth one gives me an understanding and compassion for people and situations.” When her children were all enrolled in school full-time, Elsa returned to college and earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Sacred Heart University. She went on to earn a master’s from Columbia University School of Social Work, with a concentration in family therapy. Elsa lives in nearby Dummerston and is involved locally, having served as a hospice volunteer for nearly 20 years and as a guardian ad litum, or court-appointed guardian, for minors appearing in the Brattleboro court system.
“Marlboro has been successful in developing an approach to liberal arts education that is distinctive in the United States, and indeed the world,” said Arthur Holcombe, president of The Poverty Alleviation Fund (TPAF), who also joined the board in May. Arthur founded TPAF in 1998 to promote poverty reduction in poor rural areas of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, and the organization has since expanded its work to other poor regions of Western China and, more recently, to Gaza, Myanmar, and Turkey. Prior to founding TPAF, Arthur served in many positions within United Nations Development Program, including posts in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Fiji, Sudan, New York, and China, where he was resident representative from 1992 to 1998. Arthur has a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard College, a master’s in economic and social development from the University of Pittsburgh, and a doctorate in economics from New York University. He has lectured on various development and aid strategy topics at the Brandeis University Heller School of Social Policy and at Beijing Normal University. “I support the mission of Marlboro College to help launch and further facilitate meaningful and satisfying careers for its graduates in the United States and globally,” said Arthur.