Effective July 6 2020, Sophie Zdatny was appointed to serve as Chancellor by the Board of Trustees.
After five and a half years with the law firm Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew in Burlington, Vermont, where she represented a number of higher education clients, Sophie joined the Vermont State Colleges first as Associate General Counsel in August 2014 and then as General Counsel, effective January 1, 2017. She previously practiced employment law with Allan Karlin & Associates in Morgantown, West Virginia, following a two year federal clerkship with Judge Irene Keeley of the Northern District of West Virginia, and two years with Kay, Casto & Chaney, PLLC. She also taught appellate advocacy and served as an adjunct professor in the Immigration Law Clinic at West Virginia University’s College of Law. Sophie lives in Essex Junction, Vermont with her husband. She has two children, a daughter in Newton, Massachusetts, and a son in London, England.