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Bennington College welcomes new president

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The new president of Vermont's Bennington College plans to spend her first year at the small innovative liberal arts college listening.
Mariko Silver, who has worked in higher education, most recently as a senior assistant to the president of Arizona State University, and for Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, has no immediate plans for big changes at the institution focused on the arts.
The 35-year-old said she and the administration are taking a close look at various subjects ranging from student life to how to guide students through the academic process.
She plans to ask faculty and students about what's working, what the school needs, and what the impediments are to students' success.
Silver takes over for Elizabeth Coleman, who retired after 25 years. Coleman oversaw the college's largest growth period in its 80 years, during which the school raised more than $175 million, built six buildings and had a record high enrollment of nearly 700 undergraduate students.

AP-WF-08-17-13 1502GMT
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