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(J.R.H. 151)

Offered by: Representatives Brooks of Montpelier, Crawford of Burke, Fox of Essex, Hudson of Lyndon, Kreitzer of Rutland City, Starr of Troy, Vincent of Waterbury and Waite of Pawlet.

Whereas, Charles I. Bunting is a nationally recognized higher education administrator of the first rank, and

Whereas, upon graduation from Amherst College, he decided to pursue a career as a professional educator by enrolling in Harvard University's graduate program in education from which he earned a master's degree and a doctorate degree while, simultaneously, he gained firsthand experience as a classroom instructor in both the Boston public school system and at Miles College in Alabama, and

Whereas, in 1971, Charles I. Bunting journeyed southward to the nation's capital where he began a decade-long federal tenure, initially on the staff of the United States Office of Education, and then employed at the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, where he served in several positions, including director, and

Whereas, he concluded his public service career in Washington as the first chief of staff at the newly-established cabinet level United States Department of Education, and

Whereas, in 1981, yearning to return to the halls of academia, Charles I. Bunting became Secretary of Vassar College as well as that institution's Director of Academic Program Development, and

Whereas, in 1985, when the Board of Trustees of the Vermont State Colleges was searching for a new chancellor, Charles I. Bunting's impeccable reputation as both a federal education official and as a private college administrator prompted the trustees to select him for the position, and

Whereas, during his 15-year career as Chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges, the system has broadened the academic offerings at its five institutions, and it has provided an opportunity for thousands of Vermonters, for whom it might otherwise have been beyond reach, to obtain a college degree, and

Whereas, after 15 years, Charles I. Bunting has concluded his work as the Chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly thanks Chancellor Charles I. Bunting for his dedication to improving the quality and availability of public higher education in Vermont and wishes him the very best in his future endeavors, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Charles I. Bunting.