University of Vermont

Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees, Chair's Report

Deborah H. McAneny
Board of Trustees, Chair’s Report
May 15, 2015

Good morning everyone and welcome to the annual Commencement Week Board of Trustees Meeting. I have always loved this weekend because it is a wonderful reminder of why we are here and the awesome responsibility we bear to successfully launch our students into the next chapter of their lives.

We have a very full agenda over the next few days so I am going to attempt to keep my remarks brief but there are a few things I would like to cover;

Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the UVM Foundation Board meeting and I want to share my appreciation and enthusiasm for the incredibly talented and committed Board of Directors we have guiding our Foundation under the leadership of our friend and former trustee, John Hilton. I want to publicly thank the Foundation Board and leadership council who, like you, have generously volunteered their time and energy to making our Foundation a great success. Rich Bundy, the President & CEO of the Foundation, will be making a presentation to the Board in the Committee of the Whole this morning so I will not steal his thunder. But I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that in October, this board and the board of the Foundation will both be on campus together for Homecoming and the launch of the public campaign and I truly hope you will take every opportunity to meet as many of the Foundation board members as you can. I can promise you that you will not regret it.

Over the noon hour today, we will be attending the groundbreaking for our new STEM facility-the largest construction project in the history of the University. As many of you are aware, this is the result of several years of work by the senior leadership team and many discussions in this boardroom. Importantly, this project demonstrates our focus on the four primary elements of our Strategic Action Plan. Today is a day to celebrate the exciting beginning of this project, but I also want to assure this board that you will continue to receive regular progress updates on this historic project for several years to come.

Today, we will also receive the final report from the Career Services Work Group. Once again, I will not steal Frank's thunder, but I will say that the Work Group members concluded that the Career Initiative is well underway, had accomplished its charge, and it was time to conclude the Work Group with ongoing reports to be made to EPIR. I want to thank ALL the members of the work group, and there were many, for their time, energy and commitment to this important initiative. Career Services is truly a great example of the board, faculty, staff and administrators working together on an important strategic priority, with great passion and enthusiasm, for the best interest of our students.

I want to welcome our new trustees to their first official meeting - David Brandt, Bernie Juskiewicz, Curt McCormack, Ed Pagano, and Tristan Toleno. It is great to have you with us and I hope you enjoy your years on the board as much as I have.

Finally, I want to thank Tom, the administration, faculty, and staff for all you do every single day to make the University of Vermont such an exceptional place.

To the board, as someone who has served as a trustee for over eleven years now, I appreciate the level of time, energy and commitment it takes to serve and I am grateful for your generosity.

To our graduates, we celebrate you and wish you the very best this weekend. And we wish all our returning students a happy, safe and productive summer.

I hope that as many of you who are able, will attend our Commencement ceremonies this weekend. As I said, it is a very special time, filled with pride for our students and for our University!

This concludes my Chair's Report.

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