New U Of Vt. President Says Affordability Is Key

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The top priority of E. Thomas Sullivan, the new president of the University of Vermont, will be to ensure that no qualified Vermont student is denied a higher education because of the cost, he said Monday, his first day leading the state's largest university.

To do that and help maintain UVM's reputation for academic excellence, Sullivan said he would look at the tuition and fees charged by the university, promote state support and seek private donations to help fund scholarships and financial aid packages.

"We do not want to shut the door for any eligible Vermont student," Sullivan said. "It's our goal to make sure that that student will not have a financial-access barrier coming to this institution. That will be my top priority at this university."

And the campus building boom that marked the tenure of Sullivan's predecessor, Dan Fogel, is over, at least for now.

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