University of Vermont

STAFF COUNCIL - Serving as a voice and advocate for all staff at UVM since 1971

Staff Council Representative Elections 2015

Staff Council Representatives are elected annually in April and represent staff from all corners of the University of Vermont (UVM). Using UVM’s Organization Chart, we have established 18 Units which include all colleges and major divisions. Representation in these areas is determined annually by  a staff census performed through Human Resource Services in accordance with our bylaws. In order to run for election, interested staff members  must be permanent full time or part time employees who have successfully completed their probationary period*. The Council's representation for FY 2016 (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016) is reviewed in mid February through a non-represented staff census conducted by Human Resource Services. To find out who your current Staff Council Representative is, click here.

Due to restructuring that was effective July 1, 2013, an off-cycle nomination and election period took place in August and September 2013 to ensure that the Council had full representation from these newly formed Units/Divisions in FY 2014.

Each Representative is required to attend our monthly Staff Council Meeting and participate on one of our four Staff Council Standing Committees. The time commitment for both of these responsibilities is approximately 3 hours per month. In addition, each Representative is also required to distribute information regarding Staff Council business, activities, and communications to their units. Each representative serves a 3 year term, however, if changes occur in one's personal or professional life that make it difficult to maintain this commitment, one can step down from their position and a new election in the unit will be held. Elections are staggered and on occasion there are terms that are less than 3 years.

In FY 2016, funds are available to reimburse grants up to 3.5% of a grant-funded employee's salary for time spent engaged in Staff Council activities. If you are a fully grant-funded employee and win an election for a Representative position, the Staff Council Office will work with your Unit/Division to address any release time questions or concerns as they relate to your grant funding.

Staff Council Representative Elections Process - 2015

If you are interested in serving on Staff Council, please complete a Staff Council Representative Self-Nomination Form by Friday, April 10, 2015 at 12 pm.

Units/Divisions/Colleges with remaining Staff Council Representative Openings:
  • College of Engineering and Mathematics - 1 Representative with a 2 year term
  • Student Affairs - 1 Representative with a 3 year term

Please refer any questions or concerns to the Staff Council Office at 656-4493 or

Units/Divisions/Colleges Election Results:
  • Administrative and Facilities Services - Brendan Andrews and Holly Pedrini both for 3 year terms
  • Capital Planning Management - Judy Riani for a 3 year term
  • College of Medicine
    • Administrative - Gwen Landis and Karmen Swim both for a 3 year term
    • Basic Sciences - Amy Coffey for a 3 year term
    • Clinical Sciences - Bob Bolyard for a 3 year term
  • Enrollment Management - Parvin Pothiawala for a 3 year term
  • Extension - Mary Dunne for a 3 year term
  • Finance
    • OVPF - Marilyn Schlak for a 3 year term
    • UFS - Sarah Bettencourt for a 3 year term

*Although the Staff Council serves as the voice and advocate for all staff, it does not have the same function as Collective Bargaining Units to which some members of the UVM staff belong. Those staff  who belong to UE Local 267 are not permitted to participate in Staff Council at the request of  their union. 



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