SIT Graduate Institute Announces New Executive Director of the CONTACT Program


CONTACT: Kathryn Schoenberger in Washington DC, 202 464-6979

Washington, DC (December 4, 2014)

SIT Graduate Institute today announced the appointment of Bruce W. Dayton, Ph.D., as the new executive director of the Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT) Program. Dayton has more than twenty years of experience in peacebuilding and conflict transformation and comes to SIT from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University where he is a faculty member.

“We are delighted to welcome Bruce to our team. His extensive experience in peacebuilding and conflict resolution will be a major asset to SIT Graduate Institute and the CONTACT Program,” said John Lucas, executive vice president for academic affairs. “I also want to thank outgoing CONTACT founder and director Paula Green for her years of outstanding service to the organization.”

Green founded the CONTACT program in 1997 as a graduate certificate program of the SIT Summer Peacebuilding Institute held annually for peacemakers from around the world. CONTACT takes place each year in June on SIT’s Vermont campus and in South Asia in December. Dayton will officially begin his role on May 18, 2015 and work with Green for six weeks until she officially retires at the end of June 2015.

In addition to being a faculty member at Syracuse University, Dayton also serves as associate director at the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs and research co-director of the Intra and Inter-State Conflicts Research Initiative at the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration at the school. His previous appointments include executive director of the International Society for Political Psychology and senior associate at the Center for Policy Negotiation. Dayton has a Ph.D. from Syracuse University.