Waterman Building in the spring

Staff Council President Stephen LunnaWelcome!

The Staff Council works diligently to bring attention to the needs and concerns of staff by listening and responding to ideas and options in order to convey the staff perspective to the University administration. We work for you - taking action and getting results. However, we can’t hear you unless you reach out and allow us to carry your message. We want to know the changes you wish to see here at the University.  Likewise, we would welcome hearing about your successes during your employment here at UVM!

If you have questions or concerns you would like myself or my colleagues on the Council to bring forward at one of the University leadership meetings listed below, you can send them to your unit's representative or you can email them to the Staff Council Office at Staff.Council@uvm.edu. We treat every communication with complete confidentiality; however, if you would like to submit your concern anonymously, you can also use the form on our Contact page.  You may also attend a monthly Staff Council meeting where we hold a 10 minute public comment session for staff members to bring forth issues, concerns, ideas, and suggestions.

I hope you’ll consider getting involved with Staff Council so we can get to know you. If you are interested in participating on the Staff Council, please visit our Get Involved page or contact the Staff Council Office at (802) 656-4493 or Staff.Council@uvm.edu.

Steve Lunna, Staff Council President
University of Vermont
Staff Council Office
85 South Prospect Street
313 Waterman
Burlington, Vermont 05405

“The role of leaders is not to get other people to follow them but to empower others to lead.”  - Bill George

Presidential Responsibilities

Leadership Meetings

The President of Staff Council meets with a number of University leaders on a regular basis, representing the Staff Council and the concerns and needs of UVM staff. These include:

The University President

The Staff Council President (along with the Vice President and Council Administrator) meets quarterly with UVM's President and/or the Vice President for Executive Operations to discuss Council business and staff related issues.

Human Resource Services

The Staff Council President (along with the Staff Council Vice President and Council Administrator) meets monthly with UVM's Associate Vice President for Human Resource Services to discuss Council business and staff related issues.

UVM Board of Trustees

Executive Committee

The Staff Council President serves as a staff representative, is able to ask questions, but has no voting rights.

Committee of the Whole

The Council President provides a written Staff Council Report in advance of this thrice-yearly meeting, and a brief update at the meeting.

Honorary Degree Advisory Committee

The Honorary Degree Advisory Committee identifies those candidates who best meet the established criteria and places those recommendations before the UVM Board of Trustees at their May meeting. It is the University President’s authority to select the Commencement speaker, in consultation with the Advisory Committee. The Staff Council President is a voting member.


The Staff Council President is a member of the platform party for the annual Convocation event, but does not make any official statements. This event generally occurs in late August.


The Staff Council President gives a three-minute speech at the May Commencement Ceremonies.


Officers' Report

The Staff Council Officers' Report provides a monthly summary of all the meetings that the Staff Council President, Vice President, or designee attends on behalf of the Staff Council. 

Report to the Board of Trustees

The Council President provides a written report in advance of this meeting and a brief update at the meeting.

Past Presidents

Historical reports are available upon request.

  • Karmen Swim 2016 - 2018
  • Renee Berteau 2014 - 2016
  • Catherine Symans 2012 - 2014
  • Ida Russin 2010 - 2012