Burlington, Vt. – Katharine Shepherd, Ed.D., a professor and interim associate dean in the College of Education and Social Services (CESS) at the University of Vermont, was endowed in a formal investiture ceremony on February 7 as the inaugural Levitt Family Green and Gold Professor.

Following remarks from UVM President Tom Sullivan and CESS Dean Dr. Scott Thomas, Dr. Shepherd was presented with a medallion in front of a packed room of family, friends, colleagues and students in the Memorial Lounge of the Waterman Building on the UVM campus. Recognition of the importance of endowed positions for senior teachers and researchers through a formal investiture ceremony – now a revered campus tradition – is one of the highest honors the University of Vermont can bestow on its faculty members and the generous donors who make it possible.

In addition to her appointments at UVM, Dr. Shepherd is the project director and co-principal investigator for the U.S. Department of Education’s grant for Transformative Leadership for Special Education Administrators and the co-author of a recently published book called The Art of Collaboration: Lessons from Families of Children with Disabilities. The Higher Education Consortium for Special Education recently honored her with its coveted leadership and service award.

Since President Tom Sullivan began his tenure, the University of Vermont and the UVM Foundation have more than doubled the number of endowed faculty positions as a critical component of the Move Mountains campaign.

A distinguished researcher and well-loved teacher, Katie Shepherd received her B.A. in American Studies from Middlebury College and earned her M.Ed. in Elementary and Special Education as well as her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont. She resides in Lincoln, Vermont with her husband.

About The University of Vermont Foundation

The University of Vermont Foundation is a nonprofit corporation established to secure and manage private support for the benefit of the University of Vermont. The Foundation is currently engaged in a comprehensive campaign with four strategic priorities: student access and scholarship; faculty research and support; student-centered programs; and long-term investments in the physical campus. Move Mountains: The Campaign for The University of Vermont seeks to raise $500 million in private support and assert UVM's position as one of the nation's best public research universities. For further information about giving to UVM, contact the University of Vermont Foundation, 411 Grasse Mount, Burlington VT 05401; 802-656-2010, www.uvmfoundation.org, email foundation@uvm.edu.

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Mark Ray