Paul J. Fonteyn underwent his undergraduate studies at the University of San Francisco, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. He then went on to study at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he earned both his master’s and doctoral degrees.
Dr. Fonteyn has had his research published in esteemed journals, such as Nature and The Journal of Ecology. He has also generated around $9.5 million dollars in extramural grants and contracts.
In the past, Dr. Fonteyn has held various university positions, including serving as Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs at San Francisco State University, as well as Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Projects at Southwest Texas State University.
Before coming to Green Mountain College, Dr. Fonteyn was provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Massachusetts Boston for six years. While there, he was in charge of the Urban Massachusetts Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and created the Center for Science and Mathematics Education. Dr. Fonteyn is currently the principal investigator of a $3.1 million grant to set up a national network of neighbor science centers in impoverished urban neighborhoods. Making opportunities available to students to pursue careers in environmental and biomedical sciences has always been something that has been important to him.
Dr. Fonteyn has served as the President of Green Mountain College since July 2008. His aim is to fill Green Mountain College with students who are very interested and involved in learning, as well as in serving other people.
“Welcome to Green Mountain College–a wonderful and unique institution where students learn to apply the liberal arts to the real world.
By approaching the liberal arts through their natural, physical, and social environments, our students learn important lessons about how things work together, how they can solve complex problems, and how they can become agents for positive change.
Since our founding in 1834, a close relationship between faculty and students has been the hallmark of a Green Mountain College education. That tradition still thrives as we produce the teachers, philosophers, artists, policymakers, and business people of tomorrow.
Academic excellence at Green Mountain College begins with our outstanding faculty, who are drawn from many of the nation’s finest colleges and universities. Our faculty take great personal pride in creating student-oriented classroom experiences and recognizing every student as an individual. They are dedicated to maintaining our liberal arts heritage and providing an education that enriches individual character and instills in each student an appreciation for learning that will last a lifetime.
Any college is only as strong as its sons and daughters, and our outstanding alumni define success through their performance in competitive graduate programs and esteemed positions in the job market. Please come visit our beautiful campus any time. We look forward to meeting you!”
-Paul J. Fonteyn