Salem Academy and College President Lorraine Sterritt to Take New Post in Vermont

January 26, 2018
Salem Seal


Salem Academy and College President D. E. Lorraine Sterritt has accepted a position as President of Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, beginning in July 2018.

​”Although I accepted her resignation with a very heavy heart, I extend my best wishes to her as she embarks on this new undertaking,” Sallie Craig Huber, Chair of the Board of Trustees, wrote in a letter to the Salem community.

“Since she arrived at Salem in 2014, President Sterritt has worked tirelessly on the Academy and College academic and extracurricular programs, on enrollment, fundraising, alumnae relations, and on institutional finance,” Ms. Huber continued. “She oversaw the updating of the master campus plan, and she successfully moved the College to a new athletic conference. The McHugh Sisters Flats, the first residence hall built on the College campus since 1965, and the new tennis center, shared by Academy and College student-athletes, were completed in record time. We are deeply indebted to President Sterritt for these accomplishments and for her extraordinarily hard work on behalf of Salem.”

Ms. Huber also lauded Dr. Sterritt’s husband, Bert Lain, for his contributions to the Salem community, “including teaching Latin and medical terminology, attending myriad sporting events and, most notably, supporting and encouraging all of our students.”

“It has been one of the great honors of my life to serve as president of Salem Academy and College,” said Dr. Sterritt. “During my tenure here, I have been blessed to serve alongside some of the most talented and dedicated people I have ever worked with in my career in higher education. I love Salem. It will always have a very special place in my heart.”  

Dr. D. E. Lorraine Sterritt is the twentieth President of Salem Academy and College. Before she arrived at Salem, Dr. Sterritt was Dean for Administration at Harvard College and a member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. Prior to those appointments, Dr. Sterritt worked in administrative and teaching positions at Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, and at Chatham Hall. She holds a PhD in French literature from Princeton University.