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To:         UVM Community

From:    Suresh V. Garimella, President

Date:     February 18, 2020

Re:        Appointment of new members to the Presidentís Commission for Inclusive Excellence


It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of nine new members of the Presidentís Commission for Inclusive Excellence.  These appointees were selected from the largest number of applicants since the Commissionís inception in 2014, which indicates a deep and broad interest in issues related to inclusion and diversity.  I look forward to the insights and energy this dynamic group will contribute to the Commissionís important work.


         Emma Swift, Associate Director, Office of International Education

         Jacques-Paul Marton, Custodial Maintenance Specialist, Custodial Services

         Dr. Jesse Sutter, Executive Director and Research Associate Professor, Center on Disability and Community Inclusion, College of Education and Social Services

         Dr. Jinny Huh, Associate Professor and Director of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, College of Arts and Sciences

         Dr. Leigh Ann Holterman, Director of Curricular Evaluation and Assessment, Teaching Academy, Larner Learning Commons, Larner College of Medicine

         Dr. Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux, Professor, Geography and Geology Department, College of Arts and Sciences and Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

         Shane Jacobson, President and CEO, UVM Foundation

         Thaina Calix í22, Grossman School of Business

         Dr. Tiffanie Spencer, Director for Diversity and Community Engagement, College of Education and Social Services


In addition, I would like to acknowledge and thank Alan Maynard who has chaired the Commission over the past six years.  Alan has been a passionate advocate for inclusive excellence, and I am grateful for his service.  Associate Director of Athletics Cathy Rahill has been elected as the Commissionís next Chair.  Under her guidance, I am confident the Commission will build upon its impressive track-record. 


For additional information about the Commission, please visit: go.uvm.edu/pcie.


Cc:         Alan Maynard, Chair, Presidentís Commission for Inclusive Excellence

              Cathy Rahill, Chair-elect, Presidentís Commission for Inclusive Excellence