Mary Nowlan Named New Editor of Vermont Life MagazineFormer Eating Well Magazine Editor Becomes State Magazines Seventh EditorMary Hegarty Nowlan succeeds Tom Slayton, who retired in February after 23 years at the helm of the states official quarterly publication that celebrates Vermonts people, places, and heritage.In her position, Nowlan will be responsible for oversight of all the editorial functions of the award-winning magazine under Publisher Tom Kelly.We couldnt be more pleased to have attracted someone of Marys caliber for this position, said Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Bruce Hyde. She brings a tremendous amount of editorial skill and knowledge to the position, along with a high level of creative energy and enthusiasm.Vermont Life has an extraordinary record of achievement, and Im honored to have been chosen to carry on a great tradition, Nowlan said. I also believe the magazine has enormous potential for further growth.A native of Connecticut, Nowlan has lived in Vermont since 1992 and worked as an editor at Eating Well magazine from 1992 to 1998. Most recently she has worked as a freelance writer for various newspapers, including the Boston Globe, Rutland Herald, and Seven Days.Nowlan has a Masters in journalism from the prestigious Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where she graduated in 1992 with distinction from the magazine publishing program and was recipient of the Crain Award for outstanding management potential.She received her bachelors degree in English from Dartmouth College in 1989, where she was named a Rufus Choate Scholar in recognition of her high class standing.Vermont Life celebrated its 60th year in print last year, and has won nearly one hundred national awards for excellence in the past two decades alone.Hyde said that Slayton, Vermont Lifes longtime editor, will continue his association with the publication as editor emeritus.In his remarkable career, Tom has made the magazine one of the most respected state publications in the country, Hyde said. We are pleased that he will be able to continue to share his accumulated wisdom and experience with Mary and the Vermont Life enterprise.Nowlan said she understands that the magazine is a Vermont institution and said that any editorial changes would be made slowly and with respect to the magazines traditions.Vermont is a very special place, and the talents of the Vermont Life staff and the magazines amazing group of contributing writers and photographers deserve to be more widely shared, she said. I know Vermont Life can reach an even broader reader base, and Im excited to help make that happen.