Dave Wolk has led intertwined careers in education and government leadership for over 43 years.

He began his presidency at what later became Castleton University in December 2001. He served as a guidance counselor and teacher at Mt. St. Joseph Academy, academic dean at the St. Sebastian’s School, principal of Barstow Memorial School, principal of Rutland High School, superintendent of schools in Rutland City, and Vermont’s Commissioner of Education.  His government service included four years as a Vermont State Senator and service as Governor Howard Dean’s chief of policy.  Wolk was the longest serving President in Castleton’s history, culminating in his retirement in December 2017.  At Castleton he led increased involvement by the university in the local community and expanded commitment to civic engagement, sustainability, inclusivity and service learning.

In July of 2015, Wolk headed the modernization of the Castleton name as he led the school to achieving university status, representing many years of growth along with aspirations of a bright future.  When he retired from Castleton University in 2017 the Board of Trustees unanimously and gratefully renamed Spartan Stadium the Dave Wolk Stadium.

President Wolk was born and grew up in Rutland.  He graduated from Rutland High School and then Middlebury College with a degree in political science. He earned a master’s degree in educational administration and planning at UVM and a certificate of advanced graduate study at Harvard University.  During his professional career he served on more than 40 state and national boards and commissions, including twelve years as a member and later Chairman of the Board of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.  He is married to Lyn Wolk and together they enjoy seven children and six grandchildren.

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