Jeb Spaulding was appointed Chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges System by the Board of Trustees in September of 2014 and began his tenure in the position in January of 2015. Since becoming Chancellor, he has focused on ensuring a strong financial foundation for all VSCS institutions, in service of the System mission: For the benefit of Vermont, the Vermont State Colleges system provides affordable, high quality, student-centered, and accessible education, fully integrating professional, liberal, and career study, consistent with student aspirations and regional and state needs. He has put a priority on maximizing the advantages of being a system, maintaining one comprehensive and interconnected system comprised of four distinct institutions, in order to increase opportunities for an increasingly diverse student body.
From 2011 to 2014 Spaulding served as Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Administration, the senior cabinet position in the Executive Branch, under Governor Peter Shumlin. In 2003, he won his first of five elections to become Vermont State Treasurer and was honored by his peers in 2009 as President of the National Association of State Treasurers.
Spaulding was a Vermont State Senator from 1985 to 2000, chairing, at various points, the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senate Education Committee, Joint Fiscal Committee, and Joint Administrative Rules Committee. During his time as a State Senator, he was a trustee of the New England Board of Higher Education and a Commissioner of the Education Commission of the States.
Earlier in his career, Spaulding served as the Director of Career and Workforce Development at the Vermont Department of Education, and as Director of the VAST Program—the Vermont Academy of Science and Technology—at Vermont Technical College.
After graduating from college, Spaulding entered the radio broadcasting industry and became a founder of WNCS-FM, now known as 104.7 The Point, and a general partner of Precision Media, Inc. Spaulding earned his BA in Mass Communications in 1975 and an M.Ed. in Administration and Planning in 1993, both from the University of Vermont. Over the years, he has been active in numerous local service organizations, such as Red Cross, United Way, 4-H, and Rotary.