Thomas Christopher Greene is a novelist and the founding president of Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Prior to founding VCFA, Tom had a long career as a higher education administrator, working as a member of the leadership team at Norwich University, as an admissions and marketing professional, as the spokesperson for two different colleges, as a professor of writing and literature, and the director of a graduate program.
Tom is the author of four critically acclaimed novels: Mirror Lake (Simon and Schuster, 2003), I’ll Never Be Long Gone (MORROW, 2005), Envious Moon (MORROW, 2007) and The Headmaster’s Wife (St. Martin’s Press, 2014). His fifth novel, If I Forget You, was released by St. Martin’s Press in June 2016. His fiction has been translated into twelve languages and has won many awards and honors.
Tom is active in higher education circles. In 2011, Governor Shumlin chose Tom as his appointee to the New England Board of Higher Education. He is the past president of the Vermont Higher Education Council, made up of all the colleges and universities in the state. In 2014, Tom became a commissioner on the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, the NEASC body responsible for making all decisions related to colleges and universities in New England.
"When times are difficult, art becomes more important than ever. Artists are the people who take the ineffable, wrestle it to the ground, and make it understandable for others. This, more than anything, speaks to the heart of our mission here at VCFA–for it is when we practice art, when we create, when we work with meaning, when we work with ideas and language and design, that we understand what it means to be human."
-President Thomas Christopher Greene