The 26th President of the University of Vermont
Biography of John Bramley B.Sc., Ph.D., D.Sc.
John Bramley was born and educated in the United Kingdom. He graduated with first class honors B.Sc. in Microbiology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1971 and completed his Ph.D. in Veterinary Microbiology at the University of Reading in 1975.
Between 1975 and 1985 he was a research scientist at the National Institute for Research in Dairying, Shinfield, UK, becoming an internationally-recognized authority on bovine mastitis. He was the recipient of the George Fleming Award of the British Veterinary Journal and twice was a recipient of the Peter Bridge Award of the British Cattle Veterinary Association. In 1985, he moved to the Institute for Animal Health in Compton, UK, where he led a large multi-disciplinary research group and the Division of Environmental Science. During this period he also studied with colleagues at the University of Florida in Gainesville and at the University of Southern Chile.
In 1990, he became Chair of the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Vermont and in 1999 was appointed Dean of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences and Director of the Vermont Agricultural Experiment Station. From 2001 to 2006 he was the Provost and Senior Vice President.of the University, working with Presidents Colodny and Fogel, During the illness of President Fogel in 2006 he served as Acting President.. From 2007 to 2011 he was President and CEO of the Windham Foundation, the largest private foundation registered in Vermont which owns and operates the Old Tavern at Grafton and the Grafton Village Cheese Company.
His research focused on bovine mastitis and he led a team of UVM researchers in cloning a gene that has led to the world’s first mastitis-resistant animals. He is the author of some 150 research papers, review articles, and book chapters. He held the rank of professor in Animal Sciences and in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and was awarded emeritus status in 2008.
Dr. Bramley was honored by the Green Mountain Council Boy Scouts of America as their Distinguished Citizen of the Year. He was an inaugural inductee of the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame and is a member of the Vermont Academy of Sciences.