Gary Derr

The Vice President for Operations and Public Safety is responsible for a broad range campus safety and security related matters.  The Vice President reports to the president of the university and advises on essential policies, programs, and strategies designed to create a safe and secure university for all members.

Offices and Departments reporting to the Vice President for Operations and Public Safety are; UVM Police Services, Compliance and Privacy Services, University Events Services, which includes Davis Center operations and conference and events services, Enterprise Risk Management, Risk Management and Safety, CATcard Service Center, and Emergency Management.


Gary L. Derr began working in the executive offices at the University of Vermont in July 2000. During that period he served in a variety of roles, including Executive Assistant to the Provost and Senior Vice President and Director of Operations/Chief of Staff to the President and Provost, before being named to his current position as Vice President for Operations and Public Safety. Before coming to UVM he served as Dean of Students at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont (1990–2000), Assistant Dean of Students at the University of Hartford (1984–1990), and Director of Housing at Alliance College (1980–1984).

Mr. Derr earned his Doctorate of Education from the University of Vermont in 2002, Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from the University of Connecticut in 1984, and Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Thiel College in 1980. The topic of his doctoral research was how spirituality shapes presidential leadership.

Gary Derr and his wife, Lynn Bondurant (UVM ’80), live in Danby, Vermont, along with their cat “BB” and two horses. They enjoy gardening (all types), sailing, skiing, snowshoeing, and nearly all other outdoor activities. He is originally from Pennsylvania, outside of Philadelphia.


Reporting Units

UVM Forward

Contact Information

85 South Prospect Street
348 Waterman Building
Phone: 802-656-8937


Support Staff

Bethany Wolfe, Assistant to the Vice President for Operations and Public Safety
Phone: 802-656-2212

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