Good Fortune, Next Time
Life, Death, Irony, and the Administration of Very Small Colleges
By (author) Will Wootten
Will Wootton, at various junctures in his life, has been a horse wrangler in Colorado, a sous-chef in southern Vermont, and the editor of a Chinese-English newspaper in Boston. While Good Fortune Next Time touches on these endeavors, its real focus is on the joys and tribulations of administering small liberal arts colleges in New England. This literary memoir tracks Wootton’s 29-year odyssey through the halls of academia, ending with his six years as president of Sterling College in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, where he paces back and forth on the porch of worry,” coaxing the small but beloved college back to life.
Will Wootton writes about the importance of the nation’s small colleges and the ins and outs of their administration, drawn from his career at Marlboro College and as President of Sterling College in Vermont. He expands his literary excursion with stories of ranching and fly fishing in Colorado, cooking in Vermont, reporting in Boston and Chinatown, and other life experiences.