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Vermont DOC commissioner issues statement on Joshua Russ plea deal

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 5:07pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Department of Corrections Commissioner James Baker issued the following statement regarding Joshua Russ, a former community corrections officer, entering a “no contest” plea to charges of sexual exploitation of an inmate and prohibited acts in Windham County Superior Court. “The majority of the people who work for the Vermont Department of Corrections are the most compassionate, selfless public servants I’ve met in my 45-plus years in the criminal justice field. What Joshua Russ did is a betrayal of trust to every person in Vermont DOC."

UVM to require COVID vaccination for students once full FDA approval granted

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 3:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont will require students to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus once at least one of the vaccines receives full approval from the US Food and Drug Administration. The requirement will apply to all students entering or returning for the fall of 2021—including undergraduate, graduate, medical, and continuing and distance education students; both full-time and part-time students will be subject to the requirement. Once the current Emergency Use Authorization is lifted for any of the vaccines, and full FDA approval is granted, students will be required to have proof of their vaccination.

Anya Rader Wallack returns to VT, named UVM Health Network SVP

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 2:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Health Network today announced the appointment of Anya Rader Wallack, PhD, as Senior Vice President for Strategic Communications. Wallack, originally from Vermont, is a Professor at the Brown University School of Public Health in Providence, RI.  She has worked in high-level health policy positions for former Vermont Governors Howard Dean and Peter Shumlin, and former Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo.

State Colleges System adds scholarship and free tuition opportunities

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 2:10pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today Vermont State Colleges System Board of Trustees Chair Lynn Dickinson and Chancellor Sophie Zdatny were joined on Vermont Technical College’s Randolph campus by all four institution Presidents and the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation to announce additional scholarship and free tuition opportunities for Vermont students. They announced the availability of over $16 million in student scholarships and free tuition programs for Vermonters in the upcoming academic year. This includes Welcome Home Scholarships of up to $5,000 for Vermonters transferring home to VSCS institutions from out-of-state schools or those who might be returning to school after leaving last year.

Emily Hawes and Alison Krompf to lead Department of Mental Health

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 11:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mike Smith, Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Human Services, announced today that Emily J Hawes has been appointed by Governor Phil Scott to be Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health beginning July 4. Hawes will assume the responsibility for day-to-day operations and management of DMH in place of Commissioner Sarah Squirrell, who is moving out of state with her family.

Condos and Hibbert applaud enactment of nursing licensure bill

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 11:07am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Following yesterday’s enactment of S.48, which will protect public safety while removing barriers to licensure for qualified nurses wishing to practice in Vermont, Secretary of State Jim Condos and Office of Professional Regulation Director Lauren Hibbert applauded the Legislature and the Governor for their support and passage of the Nursing Licensure Compact bill.

Scott signs $7.3 billion budget

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 11:01am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott Tuesday signed the state budget (H.439, An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government) for state fiscal year 2022, which begins July 1. The $7.315 billion budget prioritizes growing the economy, including funding small business pandemic relief, community revitalization projects and tourism marketing Career Technical Education programs and centers, adult training and re-training, state colleges, worker relocation grants and more.

Steve Cannon: ‘Great leaders are present’

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 10:14am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine It makes sense that a business CEO who graduated with honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point would think the best place for leaders to be is in the trenches with their troops. And that's precisely the philosophy Steve Cannon espouses.

"Great leaders are present; they are there on the field, not sitting in a corner office trying to absorb data through spreadsheets," said Cannon, who is CEO of AMB Group, which operates Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, Major League Soccer's Atlanta United and the PGA Superstore retail chain. Instead, Cannon said, great leaders "are absorbing data through observation, through contact, and I find that model of leadership... is very, very powerful."

Change The Story Vt partnership launches free pay equity resource

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 10:01am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Tuesday over the lunch hour, over 250 people gathered virtually for the launch of the new Leaders for Equity and Equal Pay (LEEP) Toolkit. The Toolkit is a unique and powerful DIY resource, containing an excel-based Equity Management Tool and a companion Playbook, that provides Vermont’s small to midsize employers with information and methodology needed to conduct in-house, ongoing gender and racial pay equity reviews.

State, SVHC promote walk-in vaccine opportunities

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 9:34am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As of today, the Vermont department of health is reporting five new cases of COVID-19, with no new deaths, which remain at 256. Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) will administer COVID vaccines 8 am – 6 pm every day at SVMC ExpressCare and 9 am – 3 pm on Saturday, June 12, at the gymnasium on the former Southern Vermont College campus. Also below is the state and pharmacy vaccine availability. Also, most pharmacies and supermarkets with pharmacies, including Walmart and Costco, have walk-in vaccination clinics. Governor Scott will drop all COVID-19 restrictions once 80 percent of all eligible Vermonters get vaccinated. As of June 8, 79.6 percent of eligible Vermonters were vaccinated.