CEO of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters joins Saint Michael’s Board of Trustees

first_imgCEO of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters joins Saint Michael’s Board of TrusteesLawrence J. Blanford, president and chief executive officer of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Waterbury, Vt., has joined the Saint Michael’s College board of trustees and attended meetings on campus Dec. 5 and 6.”I felt very privileged to be asked to join the Saint Michael’s board,” Blanford said, explaining that he had become familiar with the college by attending Mass in the college’s Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel since moving to Vermont. Blanford and his family came to the area 18 months ago.”We’ve been thrilled with the masses at Saint Michael’s, he said. “The Edmundite priests are wonderful speakers and it’s a beautiful mass with five, six or even seven priestsI look forward to it every week.”Mr. Blanford came to know SMC President Jack Neuhauser at Mass and through that relationship was invited to join the college’s board. Having just finished a term on the board of Clark-Atlanta University, he had the time and “was thrilled to become a part of Saint Michael’s College.”Mr. Blanford has a history of leading companies. Prior to joining Green Mountain Coffee Roasters in 2007, he was CEO of Royal Group Technologies, Toronto, Canada, from 2005 to 2006; president and CEO of Philips Consumer Electronics, Atlanta, from 2001 to 2003; president of Maytag Appliances, Newton, Iowa, 1998 to 2000; and had previously held management positions with Johns Manville, Denver; PPG Industries, Pittsburgh; and Proctor & Gamble, Cincinnati. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and a master’s in business administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati.Mr. Blanford and his wife Lynn, residents of South Burlington, Vt., have two children, Amanda, a sophomore in college in Ohio, and John a student at Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington.Saint Michael’s College, www.smcvt.edu(link is external), founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, is identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s Best 368 Colleges. A liberal arts, residential, Catholic college, Saint Michael’s is located just outside of Burlington, Vermont, one of America’s top college towns, and less than two hours from Montreal. As one of only 270 institutions nationwide with a prestigious Phi Beta Kappa chapter on campus, Saint Michael’s has 2,000 full-time undergraduate students, some 500 graduate students and 200 international students.In recent years Saint Michael’s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Guggenheim, Fulbright, National Science Foundation and other grants, and Saint Michael’s professors have been named Vermont Professor of the Year in four of the last eight years. The college is currently listed as one of the nation’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges in the 2009 U.S. News & World Report rankings.-30-last_img read more