President Bramley defends UVM tuition

In an effort to explain the necessity of an interim president to the student senators gathered at this year’s first Student Government Association meeting last Tuesday, Bramley cited the new Provost John Hughes’ relative inexperience in the role.Bramley dismissed the notion that the University was becoming more privatized. “We were private until 1955,” Bramely said in response to a senator’s question concerning the price of tuition. “The real source of revenue for this school is tuition,” Bramley said. He was quick to point out that UVM has worked hard as a university to alleviate the expense of tuition to students by offering financial aid to many students, resulting in a redistribution of the wealth. “It’s kind of a Robin Hood policy,” Bramley said.Bramley had a less optimistic view of the faculty’s wages. “We have slipped way behind in the area of faculty salary competitiveness,” Bramley said. Bramley also said that adjusting faculty salaries is an issue that he will try to address during his brief presidency. Among his top priorities is the search for someone to replace John Evans, who resigned from the position of dean of the college of medicine last spring. Bramley said that he was also concerned with the continual struggle for legislative support for scholarships paid by the state of Vermont.