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Former Presidents of the University of Vermont

Daniel Mark Fogel
Daniel Mark Fogel (2002 - 2011)
Daniel Mark Fogel served as the 25th President of the University of Vermont from July 2002 until July 31, 2011. He continues to hold a tenured appointment as Professor of English. [read more]
Judith A Ramaley
Judith A. Ramaley (1997 - 2001)
In 1997, a century and a quarter after The University of Vermont had admitted its first two women students, the trustees elected Dr. Judith A. Ramaley as UVM’s twenty-fourth and first woman president. [read more]
Thomas Salmon
Thomas P. Salmon (1991 - 1997)
On November 2, 1991, less than two weeks after George Davis had announced his resignation, the trustees appointed Thomas P. Salmon as UVM’s interim president. Thomas Salmon was born on August 19, 1932, in Cleveland, Ohio. He was raised in Massachusetts, and he earned his A.B. degree from Boston College, a J.D. degree from Boston College Law School, and a master of law degree from New York University. [read more]
George Davis
George H. Davis (1990 - 1991)
George H. Davis was inaugurated as the twenty-second president of The University of Vermont on October 26, 1990. A forty-seven-year-old native of Pittsburgh, Davis received his bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster, his master’s from the University of Texas at Austin, and his doctorate in structural geology from the University of Michigan. [read more]
Lattie Coor
Lattie Coor (1976 - 1989)
Lattie F. Coor was inaugurated as the university’s twenty-first president on September 24, 1976, two days shy of his fortieth birthday. Coor was born in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 26, 1936. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees with honors from Northern Arizona University. In 1964 he was awarded a Ph.D. degree in political science from Washington University in St. Louis where he remained for the next decade as a faculty member and eventually as vice chancellor. [read more]
Edward C Andrews
Edward C. Andrews (1970 - 1976)
Edward C. Andrews, who served as dean of the College of Medicine before his selection in 1970 as UVM’s twentieth president, was the first medical doctor to head the university. He was born in Rockland, Maine, on January 9, 1925, and like his former teacher Lyman Rowell, he moved to Vermont early in his childhood. [read more]
Lyman S Rowell
Lyman S. Rowell (1966 - 1970) [read more]
Lyman Rowell was designated to succeed Shannon McCune at a meeting of the trustees held on August 7, 1966. Rowell was the consummate insider, who had served UVM throughout his professional career and had twice before been interim president of the university. Lyman S. Rowell was born in Colebrook, New Hampshire, on May 8, 1904. [read more]
Shannon McCune
Shannon McCune (1965 - 1966)
Shannon McCune served as president of the university for less than eighteen months. Elected by the trustees on February 27, 1965, he was formally installed on April 16, 1966, and resigned on August 7, 1966. McCune was born on April 6, 1913, in Sonchon, Korea, where his parents were Presbyterian missionaries. [read more]
John T Fey
John T. Fey (1958 - 1964)
On March 8, 1958, the trustees elected John T. Fey as the university’s seventeenth president. The first southerner to head UVM, Fey was born in Hopewell, Virginia, on March 10, 1917. He completed his undergraduate education at Washington and Lee University and received an LL.B. degree from the University of Maryland in 1940. [read more]
Carl W Borgmann
Carl W. Borgmann (1952 - 1958)
Carl Williams Borgmann took office as the sixteenth president of UVM on August 1, 1952. Borgmann was born in Mt. Washington, Missouri, on June 3, 1905, and he spent his boyhood and early college years in Colorado. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Colorado and worked on the technical staff of the Bell Telephone Laboratories. [read more]
William S. Carlson
William S. Carlson (1950 - 1952)
William Carlson’s tenure as UVM’s fifteenth president was brief and uneventful. When he accepted the presidency in April 1950, Carlson announced, “I want this move to be a permanent one.” Yet, only two years later, he accepted a position as president of the University of the State of New York. [read more]
John S Millis
John S. Millis (1941 - 1949)
John Schoff Millis became president of The University of Vermont on November, 3, 1941, exactly one hundred and fifty years to the day after the signing of the original charter. It was a depressing, ominous time. UVM was more than half a million dollars in debt, and events were going so badly in World War II that is seemed inevitable that the United States would become involved. [read more]
Guy W Bailey
Guy W. Bailey (1920 - 1940)
There was optimism in the air when Guy Winfred Bailey was elected thirteenth president of the university on June 16, 1920. Guy Bailey was the local lad who had made good — the son of a granite cutter from Essex Junction, who had served as president of his UVM class in 1900 and then gone on to a distinguished career in state government. [read more]
Guy P Benton
Guy P. Benton (1911 - 1919)
On May 11, 1911, the trustees elected Guy P. Benton, president of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, as UVM’s twelfth president. Guy Potter Benton was born in Kenton, Ohio, on May 26, 1865. He graduated from Baker University and received a master’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan, followed by further study at the University of Wooster and in Berlin. [read more]
Matthew Buckham
Matthew H. Buckham (1871 - 1910)
Matthew Henry Buckham, the second alumnus to serve as president, was born on July 4, 1832, in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England. Buckham’s father was a clergyman who brought his family to America in 1834 and preached in Chelsea, Vermont, before moving to other parishes. [read more]
James Angell
James B. Angell (1866 - 1871)
It has been The University of Vermont’s good fortune to be blessed with strong presidential leadership during times of crisis. The year 1866 was such a time. As a result of the Civil War, enrollments had declined to only thirty students, leading to a deep drop in tuition revenues. [read more]
Rev Joseph Torrey
Rev. Joseph Torrey (1862 - 1866)
Joseph Torrey’s term as president was marked by deep trouble. The university faced a financial crisis because so many students left for military service. Yet, this was also a time of dramatic change. Torrey was the last of the theologians to serve as president, and due to external events, his tenure marked the beginning of a new era. [read more]
Rev Calvin Pease
Rev. Calvin Pease (1855 - 1861)
When the corporation elected Calvin Pease president on November 27, 1855, he was the first alumnus of the university to serve in this capacity. Pease was born in Canaan, Connecticut, on August 12, 1813. In 1826 he moved to Charlotte, Vermont, and he graduated from UVM first in his class in 1838 before receiving an A.M. degree in 1841. [read more]
Rev Worthington Smith
Rev. Worthington Smith (1849 - 1855)
The corporation unanimously elected the Reverend Worthington Smith as seventh president on September 7, 1848. Smith was born in Hadley, Massachusetts, on October 11, 1795. Following graduation from Williams College in 1816, he attended Andover Theological Seminary where he was a student with John Wheeler, Joseph Torrey, and James Marsh. [read more]
Rev John Wheeler
Rev. John Wheeler (1833 - 1849)
John Wheeler, the second Vermonter and Dartmouth graduate to serve as president of UVM, possessed leadership qualities that beautifully supplemented Marsh’s academic interests. Specifically, Wheeler was an astute administrator and fundraiser who was able to secure the students and financial resources necessary to strengthen the university. [read more]
Rev James Marsh
Rev. James Marsh, D.D. (1826 - 1833)
James Marsh was only thirty-two years old when he was elected president of The University of Vermont on October 17, 1826. He was the first native Vermonter to hold this position, having been born in Hartford on July 19, 1794, in a farmhouse built by his grandfather, Joseph Marsh, Vermont’s first lieutenant governor. [read more]
Rev Willard Preston
Rev. Willard Preston, D.D. (1825 - 1826)
The fourth president of UVM, the Reverend Willard Preston, was born in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, on May 29, 1785, and graduated from Brown University with high honors in 1806. He received a license to preach in 1808. [read more]
Rev Daniel Haskel
Rev. Daniel Haskel, A.M. (1821 - 1824)
On November 21, 1821, the corporation turned to one of its own members, the Reverend Daniel Haskel, to be the university’s third president. Daniel Haskel was born in Preston, Connecticut, in June 1784, and he graduated from Yale in 1802. [read more]
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Rev. Samuel Austin, D.D. (1815 - 1821)
When the university reopened after the war, the trustees elected Samuel Austin as UVM’s second president on March 18, 1815. The Reverend Mr. Austin, who was born in New Haven, Connecticut, on October 7, 1760, saw brief service in the revolutionary war before graduating from Yale in 1783 with the highest honors in his class. [read more]
Rev Daniel Clarke Sanders
Rev. Daniel Clarke Sanders, D.D. (1800 - 1814)
When the University of Vermont was incorporated by the state legislature on November 3, 1791, its nondenominational charter was the first in the country to specify clearly that the "rules, regulatons, and by-laws shall not tend to give preference to any religious sect or denomination whatsoever." [read more]

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