Office of the Provost
Biography of Provost and
Senior Vice President,
Jane E. Knodell
Jane E. Knodell was appointed as Provost and Senior Vice President of the University of Vermont on December 13, 2010. Professor Knodell served as Interim Provost and Senior Vice President beginning July 1, 2009. She has been a member of the faculty of the University of Vermont since 1986, and has served the University in a variety of administrative roles, including Chair of the Department of Economics, Interim Dean and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Associate Provost for Budget and Capital Planning. As an administrator, she has produced detailed studies of student learning in the undergraduate economics program (with Prof. S.A.T. Rizvi), university-wide academic space needs, basic needs and equitable compensation, classroom scheduling, and international education.
Knodell 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. Her work on the monetary history of the U.S. is wide-ranging, exploring stabilization and integration by the Second Bank of the United States in the 1820s, the evolution of open market operations by the Federal Reserve Bank in the 1920s, and the causes and effects of the financial deregulation of the late twentieth century. Knodell’s work on the nature and role of early central banking institutions has been published in leading economic and financial history journals.
Knodell is an active member of the Burlington community, having served on the City Council from 1993-1997, and again from 1999-2009. She was elected President of the City Council in 1999 and 2000. She has also served on a variety of Vermont non-profits and municipal boards seeking to advance economic development through enhanced access to capital.