Peter Gilbert became executive director of the Vermont Humanities Council in March 2002. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center and an MA in English from the University of Virginia. He worked for ten years at Dartmouth College as Senior Assistant to the President, James O. Freedman, and Associate Provost. Before working at Dartmouth, he taught English and American History at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts for eleven years and practiced law as a litigator at Hale and Dorr in Boston.
A frequent commentator on Vermont Public Radio and author of I Was Thinking, Travels in the World of Ideas (2012), he has been the executor of Robert Frost’s estate since 1991. During the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, from October 2010 to April 2015, the Vermont Humanities Council presented, “The Civil War Book of Days,” a series of weekly emails detailing humanities-related events that happened that week 150 years ago; Gilbert was the principal author and editor of the series. He cofounded First Wednesdays, a free public lecture series that happens monthly, October through May, in nine hub communities around Vermont. And he started Vermont Reads, VHC’s statewide one-book community reading program. He led an $800,000 capital campaign to purchase, renovate, restore, and move VHC’s office to a Victorian former residence in Vermont’s capital, Montpelier. He received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Saint Michael’s College in 2014.
Education: BA English, Dartmouth College; MA English, University of Virginia; JD Georgetown University Law Center