University Administration and Governance

The University of Vermont combines elements of a private and public institution, a unique arrangement that is reflected in the makeup of the Board of Trustees.

The Board, which has full legal responsibility and authority for the university, consists of 25 members: nine legislative; nine self-perpetuating; three gubernatorial; two students; and two ex-officio members: the governor of Vermont and the president of the university.

The Trustees set and approve policies, budgets and strategic planning, and they have the authority to award honorary degrees and appoint the president of the university.

The administration, led by the president and the senior vice president/provost, and the Faculty Senate share responsibility in managing the university’s academic affairs.

The Staff Council works with the administration on issues and policies that affect university staff.

The Student Government Association and Graduate Student Senate also play advisory roles to the administration, as well as recognizing student clubs and organizations and allocating funding.

The Board of Trustees

Name Title
Phil Scott Governor, ex officio
Suresh V. Garimella President, ex officio

 Term Ending March 2025

Name Title
Kevin Christie Trustee
Carolyn K. Dwyer Trustee
Katelynn M. Giroux Trustee
Carol B. Ode Trustee
Samuel R. Young Trustee

Term Ending March 2026

Name Title
Cynthia L. Barnhart Trustee
John M. Dineen Trustee
Jennifer Ha Trustee
Donald H. McCree Trustee

Term Ending March 2027

Name Title
Stephanie Jerome Trustee
Ed Pagano Trustee
Lucy Rogers Trustee
Catherine Toll Trustee

 Term Ending March 2028

Name Title
Susan M. Brengle
Ron E. Lumbra Trustee and Board Chair
Kristina M. Pisanelli Trustee

 Term Ending March 2029

Name Title
Frank J. Cioffi Trustee
Monique E. Priestley Trustee
Shapleigh Smith, Jr. Trustee
Tristan D. Toleno Trustee

Term Ending March 2030

Name Title
Matthew G. Devost Trustee
R. Stanton Dodge Trustee
Jodi H. Goldstein Trustee


Name Title
Suresh V. Garimella, Ph.D. President
Patricia Prelock, Ph.D. Provost and Senior Vice President
Amer Ahmed, Ed.D. Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Bettyjo Bouchey, Ed.D. Chief Officer for Professional and Continuing Education
Erica Caloiero, M.Ed. Vice Provost for Student Affairs
Richard Cate, M.P.A. Vice President for Finance and Treasurer
Monica Delisa, Ed.D. President and CEO of the UVM Foundation
Jennifer Dickinson, Ph.D. Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Student Success
Kirk Dombrowski, Ph.D. Vice President for Research and Economic Development
William Harrison, M.B.A. Chief Internal Auditor
Jay Jacobs, Ed.D. Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
Trenton D. Klingerman, J.D. Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel
Christopher Lehman, M.B.A. Chief Human Resources Officer
Jane Okech, Ph.D. Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Darcy Pientka, B.S. Interim Chief Information Officer
Michael Schirling, M.Ed. Chief Safety and Compliance Officer
Joel Seligman, Ed.D. Chief Communications and Marketing Officer
Noma Anderson, Ph.D. Dean, College of Nursing and Health Sciences
William A. Falls, Ph.D. Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Bryn Geffert, Ph.D. Dean, University Libraries
Holger Hoock, Ph.D. Dean, Graduate College
David Jenemann, Ph.D. Dean, Patrick Leahy Honors College
David A. Nestor, Ed.D. Dean of Students
Peter Newman, Ph.D. Dean, Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources
Richard L. Page, M.D. Dean, Larner College of Medicine
Leslie V. Parise, Ph.D. Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Linda Schadler, Ph.D. Dean, College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
Sanjay Sharma, Ph.D. Dean, Grossman School of Business
Katharine Shepherd, Ph.D. Dean, College of Education and Social Services