Jeb Spaulding began his tenure as Chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges System in January, 2015. Since becoming Chancellor, he has focused on creating a more comprehensive and interconnected system of distinctive institutions, in order to increase opportunities and supports for students, create a stronger more diverse community of faculty and staff, and ensure a stronger financial foundation for all VSCS institutions.
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. As State Treasurer, Spaulding served on the boards of the Vermont Economic Development Authority, the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, the Vermont Housing Finance Authority, the Vermont Municipal Bond Bank, the Vermont Education and Health Building Finance Agency, and the Vermont Pension Investment Committee.
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.
In assuming the chancellorship, Spaulding, in many ways, returned to his roots in education. Early in his career, he 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 called 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.