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  • Writer's picturePatricia Salkin

Sophie Zdatny, Chancellor of the VT State Colleges System, to Step Down at the End of December

In 2020, lawyer Sophie Zdatny was named Chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges System. Prior to this appointment, she served the System as Associate General Counsel for three year and as General Counsel for three years. Last week she announced her intention to step down as Chancellor after a successful three-year tenure. She is credited with positively transforming the system despite the challenges of assuming office during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to joining the Vermont State Colleges System, Zdatny spent more than five years with the law firm Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew in Burlington, Vermont, where she represented a number of higher education clients. She previously practiced employment law with Allan Karlin & Associates in Morgantown, West Virginia, following a two-year federal clerkship with Judge Irene Keeley of the Northern District of West Virginia, and two years with Kay, Casto & Chaney, PLLC. She also taught appellate advocacy and served as an adjunct professor in the Immigration Law Clinic at West Virginia University’s College of Law.

Zdatny is a graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law.

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