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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R.  145

House concurrent resolution congratulating Southern Vermont College on its 80th anniversary

Offered by:  Representatives Morrissey of Bennington, Botzow of Pownal, Corcoran of Bennington, Krawczyk of Bennington, Livingston of Manchester, Miller of Shaftsbury and Mook of Bennington

Offered by:  Senators Hartwell and Sears

Whereas, Southern Vermont College is a postsecondary liberal arts educational institution located on a 371‑acre campus situated in sight of the most southerly Green Mountains, and

Whereas, the college offers majors leading to 12 bachelor and eight associate degrees to a student body of approximately 450 students, and

Whereas, Southern Vermont College’s students have an ideal opportunity for learning as the average faculty-student ratio is an educationally conducive 15 to 1, and

Whereas, this small teaching‑focused college began its existence in 1926 as St. Joseph College on a campus situated in downtown Bennington and under the governance of the Sisters of St. Joseph, and

Whereas, in 1974, the religious order relinquished control over the college, transferring ownership to an independent board of trustees, and the campus was moved to the nearby mountain view estate of the early 20th century business tycoon, Edward Everett, and

Whereas, within months of the school’s relocation, the trustees changed the college’s name to Southern Vermont College, and its religious affiliation was relinquished as it became a nonsectarian independent college, and

Whereas, the college has taken advantage of the original estate buildings, such as the main residence which serves as a theater and office facility, and built new structures, including student residences, to create a diverse and attractive campus setting, and

Whereas, Southern Vermont College has made great strides as an innovative educational institution, developing new student programs, including study abroad opportunities, and

Whereas, the college is looking forward to the future under the leadership of its recently appointed president, Karen Gross, and

Whereas, the greater Bennington area has benefited culturally and economically from the presence of Southern Vermont College in the community, and

Whereas, Southern Vermont College has recently proudly observed the 80th anniversary of the school’s establishment, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Southern Vermont College on its 80th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Southern Vermont College President Karen Gross in Bennington.


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The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont