Letters to the Editor

12 deans say UVM must establish its path forward

Apr 4 2021, 11:14 AM

The president, provost, and other leaders at the University of Vermont are asking us to imagine new possibilities and approaches for UVM. They are doing this because they want our university — and its students and graduates — to thrive for the years, decades and centuries to come. 

And, they are doing it now because we are at a pivotal moment for higher education in this nation and around the world.

We may disagree on the merits of some of the plans being proposed, but the commitment and an inclusive approach of our leadership is evident. We must hear and support one another as we move through this process. And we must ensure that our priorities — the education and well-being of our students; the knowledge we create and share; and a strong future for the University of Vermont — remain in place.

We are confident that these are priorities we all share. It is important that they remain front and center as we work together — as faculty, staff and administrators — to establish our path forward.

Noma Anderson, dean, College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Cynthia Belliveau, dean, Continuing and Distance Education

William Falls, dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Cynthia Forehand, dean, Graduate School 

Bryn Geffert, dean, Libraries

David Jenemann, dean, Honors College

Nancy Mathews, dean, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Richard Page, dean, Larner College of Medicine

Leslie Parise, dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Linda Schadler, dean, College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Sanjay Sharma, dean, Grossman School of Business

Scott Thomas, dean, College of Education and Social Services