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Joining a rich tradition

My wife Rachel and I feel extraordinarily fortunate as we survey what lies before us in our move to the University of Vermont. We are coming to a university located in a magically beautiful setting in a spectacular state. We will be joining a rich tradition going back to the university’s founding by heroes of the American Revolution. And we will be part of a community of gifted faculty, talented staff, and wonderful students who become, year after year, devoted alumni.

We are excited about where the university has been and where we see it going. Under Edwin Colodny’s leadership, UVM has advanced powerfully. Applications have jumped 20 percent, making the class of 2006 the most highly qualified since the 1980s. Research productivity has jumped, approaching a milestone: $100 million in grants and contracts in a single year! Strategic leadership gifts — including the Gund family gift of $7.5 million to bring a renowned institute for ecological economics to the university — have launched a capital campaign that will represent investment in excellence at levels unprecedented in the history of the university.

As president, I want to strengthen that investment in excellence by invigorating the intellectual and cultural life of the university for students and faculty. I aim to strengthen the investment, too, by ensuring that the university is run as efficiently as possible, by carrying the capital campaign to a successful conclusion, and by strategic enrollment management that sustains the rising quality of our student body. I want to take a compelling message to the people of Vermont: that their university has extraordinary value to the nation and the world that begins with its role as the driver of economic development and social and cultural wellbeing for Vermont itself.

I aim to bring to the University of Vermont the lessons learned through a happy career as a scholar and university leader — especially the lesson that strong strategic thinking can drive significant advances in quality and achievement. As we are poised for our transition (the arrival of the moving van in Louisiana is just three weeks away as I write), Rachel and I are most of all looking forward to getting to know the people — students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends — whose efforts jointly will write the history to come of investment in excellence at the University of Vermont.

Dear readers of Vermont Quarterly, we hope to see you soon.

Daniel Fogel, president

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