University of Vermont

College of
Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Change in leadership for CEMS

Release Date: 07-07-2009

Author: Dawn Marie Densmore
Phone: Array Fax: 802-656-8802

UVM President Daniel Fogel has announced the appointment of Dr. Bernard "Chip" Cole as Interim Dean of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS). Dr. Cole has served as Director of the Statistics Program and as Professor of Statistics for two years. He began his term on July 1, 2009 as Interim Dean, succeeding Dr. Domenico Grasso. Grasso was appointed as Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate College for UVM, also beginning July 1, 2009, and has served as Dean of CEMS since 2005.

"Dr. Cole is an outstanding scholar, an excellent teacher, and a seasoned administrator and leader," says Domenico Grasso. "He inherits an outstanding faculty and staff in CEMS as well as University leadership committed to the success of the College. The College is in excellent hands."

"It is indeed a great honor to follow Domenico Grasso as Interim Dean and have the opportunity to work more closely with all of the wonderful people in this great College," says Dr. Cole.

As Interim Dean, Dr. Cole will move CEMS forward in Complex Systems as well as continuing the holistic approach to education in meeting the needs of future students in engineering, mathematics, computer science and statistics. Dr. Cole joined the UVM faculty in 2007 from Dartmouth College, where he was Professor of Community and Family Medicine (Biostatistics) in the Dartmouth Medical School and served as the director of Biostatistics Shared Resource in the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Dr. Cole earned his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from Boston University. His areas of expertise include cancer biostatistics, longitudinal data analysis, clinical trials, and chemoprevention studies.

Additional transitions

Melody Brown Burkins

On July 1, 2009 Dr. Melody Brown Burkins was appointed to the Office of the Vice President and Dean of the Graduate College (OVPR-GC) as Senior Director of Research and Strategic Initiatives. Burkins has served as Associate Dean for UVM CEMS since October 2007 and has held several strategic management and research administration positions at UVM since 2002. An earth systems scientist with degrees from Dartmouth College and Yale University, Burkins spent three years working on national energy and environment issues in the U.S. Senate prior to her work at UVM and is informed by additional experience in diverse programs around the world, including work in Antarctica, southeast Alaska, the Bering Sea, Mexico and Switzerland.

Dan Harvey

On July 1, 2009 Dan Harvey also began a new role in the OVPR-GC as Chief of Staff for the Vice President and Assistant Dean of the Graduate College. Over the next year, Harvey will also continue as Assistant Dean in CEMS half-time, assisting with transition issues and academic unit operations in support of Interim Dean Cole. Prior to his work at UVM, Harvey was the General Manager and Vice President for Production at Vermont Public Television, where he had earned a New England Regional Emmy Award in 2004 in addition to ten additional New England-area Emmy Awards and seven national Telly awards given to VPT programs under his management.