Fogel recognized as Vermonter of Year

UVM President Daniel Mark Fogel was named Vermonter of the Year for 2007 by The Burlington Free Press for his work on making UVM a leader in sustainability. The Burlington Free Press stated that, “UVM is aiming to become a national leader in “sustainability” research that will spawn environmentally friendly entrepreneurial busi?nesses that will help retain and lure young people back to the state. Finding op?portunities in the fighting climate change is a part of that.” In the years since Fogel has been at UVM, he has overseen the construction of two large-scale green projects: the building of both University Heights and the Dudley Davis Center. President Fogel has also developed a partnership with Governor Jim Douglass to turn Vermont into an environmental leader, according to the Burlington Free Press. The Burlington Free Press also explains that, “Fogel’s vision works because his focus goes beyond any specific issue including climate change. The UVM president sees the university becoming a powerful engine for change and growth, harnessing the expertise in a wide range of fields that already resides on campus.” Some critics stated that President Fogel is undeserving of the title; one person commented on The Burlington Free Press’s Web site stating: “I agree that another REAL state college president would have been a better choice.”However, since President Fogel has assumed the presidency, there has been an in?crease in enrollment and each year there has been a stronger enrollment pool, the president’s Web site stated. “Call it enlightened self-interest, when doing good is good for business and a boon to the environmental movement. It also takes a bit of enlightenment to see opportunities in what many consider an obstacle. Dan Fogel was quick to see the light and has shown the way for others,” The Burlington Free Press stated.