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Trustees gather for their Oct. 26, 2019 meeting.

More cuts across colleges may come, says UVM board of trustees

Staff Report February 8, 2021

More cuts to majors, minors and departments may come after UVM’s board of trustees pushed forward with plans Friday to reevaluate low-enrollment programs across the University. During the board’s...

Trustees gather for their Oct. 26, 2019 meeting. The board met virtually for their last meeting of the school year May 15.

Board of trustees affirms zero tuition increase in last meeting of the year

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter May 20, 2020

The UVM board of trustees will not increase tuition for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year despite mounting COVID-19 related expenses.  The board, led by Chair Ron Lumbra, also discussed UVM’s monetary...

Sustainability workgroup discusses potential future of UVM fossil fuel divestment

Sustainability workgroup discusses potential future of UVM fossil fuel divestment

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter April 27, 2020

A meeting that was supposed to include discussion about campus input on divestment resulted in the members scarcely touching the topic, before moving on to the next step in their agenda. The second...

Bernie Juskiewicz died April 8 due to complications from COVID-19. The trustee and former state representative will be honored by Vermont Monday, April 15 with flags flying at half-mast.

UVM trustee dies from COIVD-19 complications

Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor April 9, 2020

A member of UVM's board of trustees and former state representative died Wednesday from complications relating to COVID-19. Bernie Juskiewicz, 77, died April 8, according to a UVM webpage that contains...

Members of the board of trustees prepare for the March 2 meeting where they selected Ron Lumbra to be the new chair and established the new sustainability work group.

UVM asks for student input on divestment amidst pressure from campus groups

Emma Pinezich, Cynic News Reporter April 5, 2020

On a Friday afternoon when many students might be gearing up for the weekend, over 100 others chose to pack themselves behind a partition in the Silver Maple Ballroom.  They came to ask the board of...

Members of the board of trustees prepare for the March 2 meeting where they selected Ron Lumbra to be the new chair and established the new sustainability work group.

BOT selects new chair and discusses sustainability

Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor March 2, 2020

UVM’s board of trustees have selected a new chair and agreed to form a new working group to study sustainability, at its March 2 meeting. Ron Lumbra was selected to steer the board. He previously...

Richard Cate, vice president for finance and UVM treasurer, walks to his seat during the board of trustees meeting, Jan. 31. Cate became vice president for finance and treasurer in 2013.

Three takeaways from last week’s BOT meeting

Irene Choi, Cynic News Reporter February 5, 2020

Here are three takeaways from the board of trustees’ Budget, Finance and Investment Committee meeting Jan. 31. 1. A motion to freeze next academic year’s tuition rate was discussed by the committee....

Tensions grow on board of trustees over gender equity and diversity

Tensions grow on board of trustees over gender equity and diversity

Sawyer Loftus and Emma Burnham February 4, 2020

Despite a push from the Vermont Legislature to make half of the UVM board of trustees members female or nonbinary, the board has signaled its resistance. The potential new law, which is currently being...

Student protesters hold hand-painted signs following the end of public comment. The group then began to sing,

Following student action, trustee says he’s ready to divest

Cynic News Staff February 3, 2020

After two demonstrations by student activists over the span of three months, at least one UVM trustee has said he’s ready to divest. Students from organizations including SGA, the Sunrise Movement and...

Junior Lowell Deschenes brandishes a sign reading

Students protest UVM board’s refusal to divest UVM millions from fossil fuels

Cynic News Staff, News Staff January 31, 2020

At least 100 students, faculty and community members filled the final session of the February 2020 board of trustees meeting to call for UVM to divest from fossil fuels. Students from organizations...

More women needed on board

Staff Editorial November 6, 2019

The student population at UVM is currently 59.9% female, but barely a quarter of the board’s 25 trustees are women. As of fall 2018, 55.9% of faculty and staff combined at UVM were female. The class...

Pictured above are the 25 members of the board of trustees in alphabetical order by last name. The photos of the 19 men on the board are converted to grayscale, leaving only the six women – 24% of the board – in color.

Board of trustees lacks female representation despite majority female student population

Emma Pinezich, Assistant News Editor November 5, 2019

Nineteen of the 25 individuals that sit on UVM’s board of trustees are men at a university where women make up the majority. UVM’s board of trustees met Oct. 24-25 in the Davis Center for its third...

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