University of Vermont

James Marsh Professors-at-Large Program

Madeleine Kunin Biography

Biography: The Honorable Madeleine M. Kunin

Distinguished Visiting Professor
of Political Science
Former Governor of Vermont
Former U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland

kunin bioThe Honorable Madeleine M. Kunin served as the Governor of Vermont from 1985 to 1991. As a member of President Bill Clinton’s administration, she served as Deputy Secretary of Education of the United States from 1993 to 1997 and United States Ambassador to Switzerland from 1996 to 1999. Former Governor Kunin was Vermont's first and, to date, only female governor and the first woman in U.S. history to be elected governor three times. During her tenure as Governor, she focused on the environment, education, and children's issues. She appointed the first woman to the State Supreme Court and created the family court system. Former Ambassador Kunin is the author of Pearls, Politics, and Power: How Women Can Win and Lead (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2008) and Living a Political Life (Vintage, 1995). Former Ambassador Kunin is the recipient of numerous awards for work in the environment, education and human services, including the Dean’s Medal for Public Service from Columbia University, School of Journalism. Former Ambassador Kunin received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, a Master of Science degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, a Master of Arts degree from The University of Vermont, and numerous honorary degrees from over 15 different institutions.

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