UVM Jeffords Center names Bud Meyers director

first_imgThe University of Vermont has named Professor H.W. “Bud” Meyers director of the James M. Jeffords Center, a newly established center at UVM for public policy research. The mission of the center is to conduct rigorous, scientifically-based research and evaluation, education, training, and outreach that will support the public’s efforts to address complex and challenging issues.”This is a very exciting time for the University of Vermont,” said Domenico Grasso, vice president for research. “As one of the nation’s premier small public research universities, the Jeffords Center is a critical component to our future and success, and Bud Meyers, with his experience in public policy research, is an excellent fit.”Meyers came to Vermont in 1971, after receiving his doctorate from the University of Connecticut. During his tenure at UVM, he has taught quantitative methods and statistics, directed several grant programs and served as department chair for the Department of Education. He has also served appointments as visiting scholar to Stanford University, Oulu University in Finland and Oxford University, England. While on leave from the university from 2000-2004, he served as Deputy Commissioner of Education for Vermont where he directed the development of the New England Common Assessment Program. For the past five years, he has been coordinating the policy research program of the Vermont Research Partnership at the University of Vermont.”I am pleased to be named the first director of the Jeffords Center,” said Meyers. “The opportunity to develop a center of this magnitude and diversity is a challenging one, but one to which I look forward. Working with the many colleges and departments at UVM, and at other institutions throughout the country, the interdisciplinary research that will be conducted will inform quality public policy decisions. Senator Jeffords’ legacy of accomplishment in each of the center’s signature areas of emphasis will continue to grow as scholars and policy makers collaborate in this important work. The center will reach out to all those who share the values that define the mission to develop and preserve humanity and our environment.”Drawing on the expertise of students and faculty throughout the university’s schools and colleges as well as partners from national and international institutions, the Jeffords Center is coordinating a diverse, interdisciplinary research agenda. This agenda and associated programs will be designed to inform solutions to our local, state, and national public policy questions in the areas of education, health care, environment, and effective government.                                                                               ###last_img read more

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