Meet Nolan Atkins

Lyndon State College’s 16th President

Dr. Nolan Atkins has served as a faculty member and administrator at Lyndon for nearly 20 years. He started as a faculty member in the nationally recognized Atmospheric Sciences program. Over the years, Dr. Atkins has been in the classroom with hundreds of students who have a passion for weather. His commitment to excellence in the classroom has moved Dr. Atkins to refine course delivery through different means. He has also developed and led an active research program in severe storms. His research has involved many students over the years who have had the opportunity to engage in field work, research analysis, and have co-authored peer-reviewed research papers. He has also served as an Editor for the journal publication Monthly Weather Review and has served on a number of national committees in atmospheric sciences. From 2009-2014, Dr. Atkins served as Chair of the department.

From January 2015 to August 2016, Dr. Atkins served as the Interim Academic Dean. During that time, he led an effort to streamline the LSC curriculum. He has also been instrumental in developing a satellite campus at Northern Essex Community College in Lawrence, Massachusetts.  He has worked with faculty to develop new academic programs, improve student advising, and developing degree pathways for non-traditional students.

Dr. Atkins is deeply committed to providing students with an experience-based, high quality, and relevant education. He received his B.S. in physics from the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is slated to serve as Interim President until June 30, 2016.

Dr. Atkins lives in St. Johnsbury, Vermont with his wife, Bridget, and three kids, Nathaniel, Benjamin, and Gabrielle.


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Darcie Miles, Executive Assistant to the President
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