University of Vermont

Former President Daniel Mark Fogel

December 13, 2010

To: UVM Community
From: Daniel Mark Fogel, President

Re: Appointment of Provost and Senior Vice President

I am pleased to announce that earlier today I received approval from the University of Vermont Board of Trustees to appoint Professor of Economics Jane E. Knodell to the position of Provost and Senior Vice President effective immediately. The appointment follows a search process that has been under way throughout the fall semester.

Professor Knodell has been serving as Interim Provost and Senior Vice President since July 2009. During her tenure, she has shown the leadership skills, creativity, and high level of energy necessary to succeed in this challenging position. At the same time, she has proved to be an exceptional colleague and team member. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Knodell as she assumes the permanent position.

Jane Knodell has been a member of the UVM faculty since 1986. She has served the University in a variety of administrative roles. She earned her bachelor’s degree with honors and distinction in 1976 from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in Economics, also from Stanford, in 1984. She brings to her role as the University’s chief academic officer a record as an accomplished teacher and as a leading scholar of central banking in the early United States. Her recent work has appeared in top journals, including the Financial History Review (2010) and The Journal of Economic History (2006). In addition, she is an active member of the Burlington community. She served on the City Council from 1993 to 1997 and again from 1999 to 2009. She was elected President of the City Council in 1999 and 2000.

I want to express deep appreciation on behalf of our academic community to all of the members of the search committee, with special recognition of its chair, Rex Forehand, the Heinz and Rowena Ansbacher Professor of Psychology and Distinguished University Professor, and its vice chair, Patricia Prelock, Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The committee managed the search process with high professionalism and provided thoughtful assessments of both recommended candidates, as did many other members of the UVM community who participated in the interview process. I also want to extend my appreciation to Dr. Eleanor Miller, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, for her willingness to stand as a strong candidate for this critically important position.

All of us enjoy the privilege of membership in UVM’s vibrant and inspiring academic community, and we all have much important work to accomplish together in the months and years to come. I look forward to our collectively meeting the challenges ahead. I have every confidence that Provost Knodell will contribute greatly to our success.

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