University of Vermont,University of Vermont Board of Trustees Chair Robert F. Cioffi today announced the appointment of Dr. A. John Bramley as Interim President, effective August 1. Bramley, a longstanding member of the UVM faculty, has served as Department Chair of Animal Sciences, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Provost and Senior Vice President of the University. In 2006 he also served as Acting President during President Daniel Mark Fogel’s illness. From 2007 to 2011 he was President and CEO of the Windham Foundation, the largest private foundation registered in Vermont. In recognition and honor of his service, the Windham Foundation announced last week the creation of the A. John Bramley Lecture Series, designed to focus on preserving Vermont’s rural communities.”We are extremely fortunate that John Bramley was both available and willing to step into this important role,” Cioffi said. “Quite frankly, there could not be a better choice for this job in light of John’s experience, skills, character, and knowledge of UVM, in addition to his outstanding scholarly record. One of the Board’s primary goals is to keep the University’s upward trajectory moving ahead, and the appointment of John Bramley ensures that is going to happen.””Dan Fogel is leaving us with an impressive legacy of accomplishment and a strong foundation for further success. Even though he will be in this role for a relatively short time, John is not going to be a ‘caretaker,’ and will be pushing our key initiatives forward. I couldn’t be more pleased that John has agreed to take on the responsibilities of Interim President, and I know that he will be welcomed back to UVM with open arms,” Cioffi remarked.Bramley is expected to serve as Interim President until July 2012, and will not be a candidate for the position of President, for which a search is underway.In accepting the position, Bramley said, “I love UVM and have devoted a large part of my life to it. After leaving Windham I had planned to be doing other things, but I concluded they should be put on hold if I could help the institution at this critical point. I am grateful for and humbled by the confidence the Board has placed in me, and I will do my best to see to it that the University continues to gain ground. I very much appreciate all that President Fogel has done to put this institution in a strong, viable position and I have every intention to work with the University community and beyond to make us even better.””I look forward to re-engaging with the community, reuniting with old friends and colleagues, and getting to know new ones, beginning August 1st. You will hear more from me after that date. Until then, President Fogel will continue to provide effective leadership for UVM,” Bramley stated.Bramley was born and educated in the United Kingdom. He graduated with first class honors B.Sc. in Microbiology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1971 and completed his Ph.D. in Veterinary Microbiology at the University of Reading in 1975. Biography of A. John Bramley B.Sc., Ph.D., D.Sc.John Bramley was born and educated in the United Kingdom. He graduated with first class honors B.Sc. in Microbiology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1971 and completed his Ph.D. in Veterinary Microbiology at the University of Reading in 1975.Between 1975 and 1985 he was a research scientist at the National Institute for Research in Dairying, Shinfield, UK, becoming an internationally-recognized authority on bovine mastitis. He was the recipient of the George Fleming Award of the British Veterinary Journal and twice was a recipient of the Peter Bridge Award of the British Cattle Veterinary Association. In 1985, he moved to the Institute for Animal Health in Compton, UK, where he led a large multi-disciplinary research group and the Division of Environmental Science. During this period he also studied with colleagues at the University of Florida in Gainesville and at the University of Southern Chile.In 1990, he became Chair of the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Vermont and in 1999 was appointed Dean of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences and Director of the Vermont Agricultural Experiment Station. From 2001 to 2006 he was the Provost and Senior Vice President.of the University, working with Presidents Colodny and Fogel, During the illness of President Fogel in 2006 he served as Acting President.. From 2007 to 2011 he was President and CEO of the Windham Foundation, the largest private foundation registered in Vermont which owns and operates the Old Tavern at Grafton and the Grafton Village Cheese Company. His research focused on bovine mastitis and he led a team of UVM researchers in cloning a gene that has led to the world’s first mastitis-resistant animals. He is the author of some 150 research papers, review articles, and book chapters. He held the rank of professor in Animal Sciences and in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and was awarded emeritus status in 2008. Dr. Bramley was honored by the Green Mountain Council Boy Scouts of America as their Distinguished Citizen of the Year. He was an inaugural inductee of the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame and is a member of the Vermont Academy of Sciences. In July, 2011 the Windham Foundation announced the creation of the A. John Bramley Lecture Series, designed to focus on preserving Vermont’s rural communities.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) rejection of a bipartisan call for regulatory relief is troubling and the bureau is strongly encouraged to reconsider, wrote CUNA and all 38 state credit union leagues and all 37 credit union leagues representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia in a letter sent Wednesday to CFPB Director Richard Cordray.The letter explains that Section 1022 of the Dodd-Frank Act gives the CFPB statutory authority to exempt any class of entities from CFPB rulemakings, and how CUNA and the state leagues have been joined by a bipartisan supermajority of Congress–399 members from both chambers–in their call for the bureau to exercise said authority.“The bureau’s resistance to the plain language of the statute and the subsequent bipartisan message of more than three-quarters of the elected representatives in the federal government is baffling and disrespects the consumers who elected the Congress,” the letter reads. “We strongly encourage the bureau to reconsider its perspective on Section 1022 and finalize rules that allow credit unions to continue to offer services to consumers under the current regulatory scheme.”“What is at stake, of course, is consumers’ continued access to safe and affordable financial services provided by cooperative financial institutions,” said CUNA and the state leagues. “Credit unions accept that they are subject to regulation, but Congress has sent strong signals through the statute and other means that that regulation must be reasonable.” continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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