Laura Walker, former president of New York Public Radio, has been appointed president of Bennington College in Vermont.

Walker will succeed Mariko Silver, who stepped down in July 2019. Interim president Isabel Roche has served for the past year. Walker will start her term as president elect July 1 and become president Aug. 1.

“Laura is the unique, emboldened leader who can serve as both a visionary and a change agent,” said Board Chair Nick Stephens in a news release. “Throughout her career, she has ignited profound innovation, paving new paths in journalism, public broadcasting and the arts, and her fresh ideas are complemented greatly by a demonstrable ability to lead through change.”

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