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NO. R-251.  Senate concurrent resolution congratulating Woodbury College on its 30th anniversary.


Offered by:  Senator Doyle of Washington District, Senator Cummings of Washington District and Senator Scott of Washington District.

Offered by:  Representatives Brooks of Montpelier and Kitzmiller of Montpelier.

Whereas, Woodbury College in Montpelier was established in 1975, and its original curriculum consisted of courses in paralegal studies, and

Whereas, in 1984, the college received accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and

Whereas, that same year, Woodbury College expanded its course offerings to include a new mediation program designed to train persons in a neutral third party method of mediation, and

Whereas, two years later, the college’s mediation program was broadened with the creation of the Dispute Resolution Center that is intended to help individuals involved in family disputes, environmental conflicts, and community and business disputes, and

Whereas, the Dispute Resolution Center makes its services available to the Vermont judiciary as a method for solving cases outside a courtroom, and

Whereas, in 1989, Woodbury College relocated to the former poor farm barn on Elm Street, which it renovated to serve as a classroom and administrative building, and

Whereas, 1993 was a banner year for the college as it was authorized to issue associate’s degrees and received a major grant to fund the Prevention and Community Development Program, the nation’s first college-level curriculum to train students to develop initiatives that address preemptively problems related to violence and substance abuse, and

Whereas, over the years, the mediation curriculum has developed a broader, more interdisciplinary focus, and

Whereas, the year 2000 marked two major milestones in the college’s history the initiation of a four-year bachelor’s degree course of study, and the completion of a major addition and renovation to the college’s building, which resulted in a facility designed to meet Woodbury College’s needs in the 21st century, and

Whereas, in 2005, as Woodbury College commences its fourth decade, the school has a bright future as a dynamic and community-oriented academic institution, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Woodbury College on its 30th anniversary and wishes it continued success, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Larry Mandell, president of Woodbury College.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont