UVM President-Elect Concerned About Privacy

When President-elect Daniel Fogel assumes his position at the University this July, he may choose not to live in Englesby house, the presidents’ official residence since 1958. According to the terms of his contract, Fogel will have up to one year to decide if he wants to live in Englesby house. If he chooses not to live in the house, UVM will grant him a monthly housing allowance of $1,800 to pay for alternative housing. Although neighborhood noise was brought to Fogel’s attention, privacy is the president-elect’s main concern in considering an alternative to living in the official residence, according to Director of University Communications Enrique Corredera. Located at the corner of College St. and Main St., Englesby House hosted more than 100 official functions last year, and sits near two fraternities in a neighborhood full of students. The house neighbors the Vermont Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Delta, and is across College St. from Sigma Phi fraternity. While noise violations were not filed against either of the houses last year, an apartment building across the street has been loud in the past, neighbors say. Some have raised concerns that the president may be less of a presence on campus if he elects to live in another location, but Corredera believes Fogel will nonetheless be a strong influence on campus. “From what I know about Daniel Fogel, he is going to be a very visible and accessible president on campus,” he said. He also said that, so far, students have not reacted negatively to the prospect that Fogel may not live in Englesby House. UVM sophomore Brian Botehlo, a brother at Sigma Phi fraternity, said that he has bumped into UVM presidents in the past, and they have visited the fraternity house before. “He probably just saw the location and what surrounded it,” Botehlo said, concerning reports that Fogel was worried about neighborhood noise. Blake Browne, another neighborhood resident and UVM student, also reported seeing past presidents in the area, including Interim President Edwin Colodny, who has stopped to talk to Sigma Phi fraternity brothers on a number of chance occasions. “We made cookies for the neighbors,” said Browne of the Colodnys, who live across the street. “His wife made cookies for us.” President-elect Fogel requested the housing allowance during negotiations for his contract. According to the terms of Fogel’s contract, which were agreed upon on Feb. 15 of this year, UVM’s Board of Trustees reserves the right to require Fogel to move into Englesby House or another official residence in the future. If Fogel elects to exercise the housing allowance option after June 30, 2003, which will mark the end of Fogel’s first year as president, the Board of Trustees may revoke Fogel’s right to live at Englesby House. His contract also gives him the right to have moving expenses paid, housekeeping services, compensation for business-related expenses and staffing for official events held at his home, regardless of where he chooses to live.