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(J.R.H. 46)

Offered by: Representatives George of Middlebury, Nuovo of Middlebury, Smith of New Haven, Fisher of Lincoln, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Mann of Leicester, McGrath of Ferrisburgh, Scribner of Bristol and Young of Orwell.

Whereas, Middlebury College President John McCardell is one of the nationís outstanding college administrators and civic leaders, and

Whereas, since assuming the presidency of Middlebury College in 1991, at a time when both the institutionís internal morale was badly sagging and the schoolís community relations severely strained, he has ignited an academic renaissance at the college, and established a policy of sensitivity and partnership in working with the local towns, and

Whereas, John McCardell has been instrumental in enhancing Middlebury Collegeís reputation as one of the nationís most prestigious institutions of higher education, as over 5,000 exceptional students eagerly sought one of the 555 spaces in this past fallís entering class, and

Whereas, during his tenure, Middlebury Collegeís financial health has vastly improved with the substantial growth of its endowment, and

Whereas, under President McCardellís leadership, Middlebury College has pioneered the commons system, a unique and much admired way of organizing academic and residential life in which students, faculty and staff reside in close proximity, and

Whereas, Middlebury College has committed over $600,000.00 to improved child care facilities for both its own employees and the Addison County community at large, and

Whereas, John McCardell recognizes the collegeís role as a citizen of Vermont through the hosting of the Vermont Special Olympics, conducting important marine research of an historic and environmental nature, establishing linkage with the Addison County agricultural community, and through its Page One literacy education program, and

Whereas, in recognition of his many contributions to higher education in Vermont and the nation, the Burlington Free Press specifically commending him "for restoring the schoolís stability, dramatically expanding its contribution to the well-being of Vermont, and for performing this leadership in a civil and exemplary manner," has selected John McCardell as its 2000 Vermonter of the Year, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to congratulate John McCardell on his receipt of this most deserved honor that recognizes one of Vermontís most distinguished and civicly-minded citizens, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to President John McCardell at Middlebury College.