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

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

Term Ending March 2023

John L. Bartholomew Hartland, Vermont
Frank J. Cioffi South Burlington, Vermont
Kisha Kalra Burlington, Vermont
Johannah Leddy Donovan Burlington, Vermont
Shapleigh Smith, Jr. Morrisville, Vermont

Term Ending March 2024

Robert P. Brennan, Jr. Pleasantville, New York
Otto G. Berkes Bedford Hills, New York
Jodi H. Goldstein Weston, Massachusetts
Kenny Nguyen Burlington, Vermont

 Term Ending March 2025

Carolyn K. Dwyer Burlington, Vermont
Kevin Christie White River Junction, Vermont
Carol B. Ode Burlington, Vermont
Samuel R. Young Greensboro, Vermont

 Term Ending March 2026

Cynthia L. Barnhart Boston, Massachusetts
John M. Dineen Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Donald H. McCree Rye, New York

Term Ending March 2027

Stephanie Jerome Brandon, Vermont
Ed Pagano Washington, D.C.
Lucy Rogers Waterville, Vermont
Catherine Toll Danville, Vermont

Term Ending March 2028

Susan M. Brengle Ipswich, Massachusetts
Ron E. Lumbra Rye, New York
Kristina M. Pisanelli Washington, D.C.


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
Simeon Ananou, Ed.D. Chief Information Officer
Erica Caloiero, M.Ed. Vice Provost for Student Affairs
Richard Cate, M.P.A. Vice President for Finance and Treasurer
Vice President for Executive Operations and Public Safety
Jennifer Dickinson, Ph.D. Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Student Success
Kirk Dombrowski, Ph.D. Vice President for Research
William Harrison, M.B.A. Chief Internal Auditor
Jill Irvine, Ph.D. Chief Professional and Continuing Education Officer
Jay Jacobs, Ed.D. Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
James Keller, M.B.A. Interim President and CEO of the UVM Foundation
Jane Okech, Ph.D. Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Sharon Reich Paulsen, J.D. Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel and Senior Advisor to the President
Joel Seligman Chief Communications Officer
Noma Anderson, Ph.D. Dean, College of Nursing and Health Sciences
William A. Falls, Ph.D. Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Cynthia Forehand, Ph.D. Dean, Graduate College
Bryn Geffert, Ph.D. Dean of University Libraries
David Jenemann, Ph.D. Dean, Honors College
Dean, Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources
David A. Nestor, Ed.D. Dean of Students
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. Interim Dean, College of Education and Social Services