Middlebury appoints Caitlin Goss vice president of human resources
MIDDLEBURY, Vermont – Middlebury has appointed Caitlin Goss vice president of human resources and director of human resources. She will begin her new role on September 13.
A native of Vermont who grew up in Hinesburg, Goss holds an MBA in Sustainable Innovation from the University of Vermont and a BA in Political Science and East Asian Studies from Dickinson College. As an exchange student, she attended Peking University, where she learned to speak Mandarin Chinese fluently. Goss also spent two years at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she worked and studied leadership as a vehicle for systems change and developed a keen interest in the nonprofit sector and an understanding of the dynamics at within a research and teaching establishment.
Goss comes to Middlebury from Rhino Foods in Burlington, where she has been Director of People and Culture for the past four years. Previously, she was a Team Leader for Employee Engagement in Global Human Capital at consultancy firm Bain & Company, where she worked in the Boston and Shanghai offices.
Goss will report to David Provost, Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration, with a dotted line to Laurie Patton, President. She will also be a member of the Senior Leadership Group and oversee all human resources and human capital management functions. She succeeds Karen Miller, who was Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Risk Officer of Middlebury until February 2021.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to join the Middlebury community and collaborate with everyone across the College in this new role,” said Goss. “I look forward to building on existing programs and practices, as well as welcoming new ideas and innovations – to facilitate a deep commitment to inclusion and to develop a resilient and sustainable people-centered culture.”
In an announcement about Goss to faculty and staff, Provost and Patton called her a creative leader, strategic thinker, and effective problem solver focused on innovation and organizational design. They also noted that she had demonstrated her ability to balance broad functional HR responsibilities with the development of new enterprising programs rooted in belonging and inclusion, a skill that was evident during her time at Rhino Foods. and at Bain & Company.
A committee of faculty and staff chose Goss for his new post after conducting rigorous national research. Committee members were particularly impressed with her energy, creativity and communication skills. Provost and Patton also highlighted his international experience and emphasis on inclusiveness, and said they fit well with Middlebury’s priorities.
Goss has also been very involved in his local communities as a volunteer and board member. She is currently a member of the board of directors of Vermont Works for Women and United Way of Northwest Vermont.