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Former Dean at Concord Academy Sworn in as Provost of Bard College at Simon’s Rock

September 12, 2011

Contact: Karen Anderson
Bard College at Simon’s Rock 

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Dr. Peter Laipson, former dean of faculty and long-time teacher at Concord Academy, Concord, MA, will be inducted as Provost and Vice President of Bard College at Simon’s Rock on Sunday, September 18, 2011. The formal ceremony will take place at 1:45pm in the Daniel Arts Center on the College’s campus in Great Barrington, MA.

When Laipson assumed the post at Simon’s Rock in July 2011, he completed the journey first started by former Concord Academy (CA) headmistress Elizabeth Blodgett Hall. Hall, one of CA’s most influential leaders, served as headmistress for fourteen years before founding Simon’s Rock, the only college designed specifically to let younger students start college after 10th or 11th grade.

After 12 years at Concord Academy, Laipson took the helm of Simon’s Rock, drawn in part by similarities between the two schools. “Simon’s Rock and Concord Academy have a lot in common. In addition to Betty Hall’s leadership, both institutions share a mission of learning for learning’s sake,” Laipson explained. “And both emphasize a close connection between students and teachers.”

Laipson holds a BA from Brown University and a MA and PhD from the University of Michigan. A native of Worcester, MA, Laipson, his partner Alison Lobron, and their one-year-old son Jonathan are happily getting to know Western Mass.

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Bard College at Simon’s Rock ( has been a leader in the early college movement for more than 40 years and continues to distinguish itself as the only residential college in the country specifically designed to provide bright, highly motivated students with the opportunity to begin college immediately after the 10th or 11th grade. At Simon’s Rock, students experience a transformative education in the liberal arts and sciences in the company of smart, independent, creative peers who share their excitement about learning and their desire to be part of a vibrant intellectual community. Students who successfully complete the requirements receive the Associate in Arts (AA) degree after two years of study and the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree after four.