By unanimous vote, the Vermont State Colleges System Board of Trustees has elected J Churchill Hindes as its chair. Hindes will lead the 15-member board, which provides governance and stewardship for the VSCS and its institutions—Castleton University, Community College of Vermont, Northern Vermont University and Vermont Technical College. Working with the Chancellor and college leaders, the Board focuses on fulfilling and sustaining the VSCS Mission, “For the benefit of Vermont, the Vermont State Colleges system provides affordable, high quality, student-centered, and accessible education, fully integrating professional, liberal, and career study, consistent with student aspirations and regional and state needs.”
“We are very fortunate to have the extraordinary talents and experience that Church brings to our Board. He is a true believer in the VSCS mission and its people, and we will thoroughly benefit from his leadership as Chair,” said Chancellor Jeb Spaulding.
A resident of Colchester, Hindes retired in 2015 as the Vice President for Accountable Care at the UVM Medical Center and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine. Previously he was CEO of the VNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties and Vice President for Finance at Fletcher Allen Health Care. During the 1980’s he was appointed to four terms as Commissioner of Budget and Management and as Deputy Secretary of Administration, serving in the cabinets of Governors Snelling and Kunin. Dr Hindes holds a PhD from the University of Iowa and is a graduate of Saint Michael's College. He has served on numerous community, private foundation and state boards.
Dr Hindes was a trustee for the Vermont State Colleges from 1987 to 2001. Governor Shumlin reappointed him in 2014. In addition to chairing the full board, he serves as Chair of the Finance and Facilities Committee.
His term began with the Board vote on Tuesday, January 9. He succeeds Martha O’Connor, who remains on the Board.
“I owe you my best and I will strive to do so. It is privilege to join you, shoulder to shoulder, as we move ahead—for the benefit of Vermont,” said Hindes in a statement to the VSCS community.