University of Vermont

Sue Bean Retires from Long-Time, Dedicated Service to Environmental Program

Sue Bean, long-time staff member in the Environmental Program
Sue Bean, long-time staff member in the Environmental Program

After nearly 30 years of dedicated service, Susan Bean retired this past March as receptionist for the Environmental Program. Sue was often the first person encountered by students and other visitors to the Bittersweet Building. Her warm welcoming smile and unflappable demeanor put everyone at ease as they sought out information about the Environmental Program or arrived for advising appointments with Program staff and faculty.

Sue was amazingly adept at maintaining the voluminous files and major plans of the 500-plus Environmental Studies students and overseeing a fleet of work-study students who assisted her in running the Bittersweet office complex.

Sue loved sharing the accounts and adventures of her extended family, especially her grandsons who would often be found visiting her at the office. She regularly took the commuter bus to work from her hometown of Middlesex, Vermont to both save money and enjoy the exercise and fresh air of her daily walks to and from the bus stop clear across campus.

One of Sue’s most memorable experiences was when she accompanied a group of Environmental Studies students and faculty on a field trip to the Highlands of Scotland for two weeks of hillwalking and cultural explorations.

Sue’s plans for retirement include spending more time with her children and grandchildren and perhaps an eventual move to New York to live closer to one of her daughters. We wish Sue lots of luck in the years ahead and thank her for all that she has done for the Environmental Program over these many years.