MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont State Colleges System has a new leader, the board of trustees announced Monday.

The trustees announced Monday that interim Chancellor Sophie Zdatny had been appointed to the role permanently.

Zdatny, a six-year veteran of the organization, has been serving as interim chancellor since late April, shortly after the resignation of former Chancellor Jeb Spaulding.

Zdatny stepped up at a time when the organization needed a steady hand, said Trustee chair J. Churchill Hindes.

“She has exceeded our expectations as a leader by bringing stakeholders together through thoughtful collaboration and openness," Hindes said in a statement. "We know this is precisely the leadership style we need at this critical juncture."'

The end of in-person instruction and move to online learning amid the pandemic has taken a financial toll on the already struggling state college system, as it has on other private on other private and public universities around the country.