Southern Vermont College Trustees Name David Newell to Board

September 21, 2015

The Board of Trustees at Southern Vermont College (SVC) has appointed David J. Newell of Shaftsbury, Vt., as a new Board member at their recent meeting in September. Newell, a well-respected and active member of the Bennington community, is president of Wills Insurance, Inc.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Newell received a BA degree in Political Science and American Studies from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., and an MA in Governmental Administration from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa.

Newell moved to Bennington in 1976 as the executive director of the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce. In 1979, he joined Wills Insurance, Inc., where he now serves as a principal and president of the firm.

“The Southern Vermont College Board of Trustees is excited to have David as a part of our team,” said SVC Board Chair Ira Wagner. “David is not only a highly regarded businessman in southern Vermont, but also an active participant in many of the organizations which work to bring vitality and growth to our state and region.” “David Newell’s reputation as a leader will help SVC achieve its goal of greatly enhancing our involvement with the Bennington community,” noted SVC President David Evans.

Newell has served as director of the Better Bennington Corporation and has served as director of Southwest Vermont Heath Care (SVHC) and the Bennington Rotary Club. He is currently chair of the SVHC Foundation Board and vice chair of the Bennington Free Library Board.