University of Vermont

A Note from President Tom Sullivan

September 2014

President Tom Sullivan by Sally McCay

With classes having begun and summer ending, I want to share with you my goals for the future of the University.  As a leader in higher education, UVM competes and must continue to compete with the top universities and colleges.  In order to advance this venerable Public Ivy, we must prioritize and advance the academic programs of the University.  UVM is a long established institution of liberal education, emphasizing a strong undergraduate experience and graduate programs that support research.  We must focus on building a distinctive culture of academic excellence in all that we undertake. 

Across the University and in so many ways, each staff member participates in supporting academic excellence and providing an outstanding academic experience for our students.  Some of you work directly with students helping them navigate course selection or major requirements, training them in student employment positions, or assisting them with scholarship or graduate applications.  Many of you manage and maintain the grounds, buildings, laboratories, classrooms, offices, and online networks and services that make it possible for our students to earn their degrees.  

Each of you contributes to the success of thousands of graduates at Commencement.  More importantly, however, your work facilitates crucial learning outcomes for our students.  These learning outcomes include critical thinking and analytical skills, the integration of qualitative and quantitative knowledge, problem-solving skills, and the ability to communicate and collaborate with others.

I want to express my sincere appreciation to all of you whose daily dedication to the University makes our academic mission a success.  I look forward to a successful year for all!