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NO. R-66. JOINT RESOLUTION recognizing Judith Ramaley’s public service as president of the University of Vermont.

(J.R.H. 44)

Offered by: Representatives Brooks of Montpelier, Angell of Randolph, Heath of Westford, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Metzger of Milton, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Seibert of Norwich, Severance of Colchester and Westman of Cambridge.

Whereas, Judith Ramaley has dedicated her professional life to higher education, and

Whereas, after graduating from Swarthmore College, earning her doctorate at the University of California at Los Angeles, and completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Indiana University, she commenced her career in academia as a biologist and administrator, accepting increasingly prestigious positions at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the State University of New York at Albany, the University of Kansas, and Portland State University where she served as president for seven years, and

Whereas, in 1997, the University of Vermont, in search of new leadership, selected her as the college’s 24th president, and

Whereas, during President Ramaley’s tenure, leading Vermont’s largest institution of higher education, she sought to improve the university’s relationships with both city officials in Burlington and the state’s leaders in Montpelier, and

Whereas, one of her fundamental objectives was to expand the university’s role in the lives of all Vermonters, and not just the students, faculty and staff who are most directly associated with the school, and

Whereas, President Ramaley introduced the idea of the University of Vermont Community Service Scholars’ Program to the legislature to attract those students who care deeply about their communities and their university, and

Whereas, during her tenure, President Ramaley was required to confront difficult problems, many of which, no one could have foreseen, and

Whereas, she made her administrative decisions, in response to these problems, only after thoughtful assessment and deliberation, and in the belief that they were in the best interests of the university, and

Whereas, after nearly four years as President, Judith Ramaley will be leaving her leadership position at the University, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly thanks University of Vermont’s outgoing president, Judith Ramaley, for her dedication to her duties, and wishes her the very best in her future endeavors, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to University of Vermont President Judith Ramaley.