Jim Maddox, member of the BLSE faculty for a decade before serving as director from 1989 to 2010, when he retired, was BLTN’s great advocate and visionary leader, responsible for major grants. Jim always presented BLTN as a valuable, visible resource for improving public education, supporting teachers in the most basic of ways, by offering to them rigorous and mind-expanding Bread Loaf courses and providing a networked learning community, along with technology and other support. An active member of BLTN, Jim visited BLTN classrooms all over the country, participated in online literary exchanges, and wrote “Messages from the Director” that were published in a dozen BLTN magazines. Jim’s messages–available in the archived issues of the BLTN Magazine–form a compelling narrative and are essential reading as BLTN prepares for the future.
In 2011, BLSE awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree to Jim in recognition of his distinguished service and innovative leadership as former director of the Bread Loaf School of English.
Photo: Jim Maddox (right) chats with Emily Bartels and Jonathan Strong on the porch of the Bread Loaf Inn.