Higher Ed and technology leaders named to Vermont Technology Council

Five seasoned leaders with expertise in education, business, and innovation have joined the Vermont Technology Council.

Alex Hernandez, president, Champlain College; Lindsay Kurrle, VT secretary of Commerce and Community Development; Mark Anarumo, president, Norwich University; Kirk Dombrowski, vice president of research, University of Vermont; and Pam Mackenzie, serial technology executive and nonprofit leader, have joined the Council.

“These individuals advance the Council’s goal of a vibrant, sustainable, and inclusive innovation economy in Vermont,” said Frank Cioffi, Council chair and president of the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation (GBIC).

The new Council members join Frank Cioffi, president of GBIC, Robert Miller, CEO of the Vermont State Employees Credit Union (VSECU) and Dr. John Evans, chair of PC Construction.

With support from Governor Phil Scott’s administration and the University of Vermont, the Council works to build a stronger and more sustainable ecosystem for Vermonters by supporting science, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The Council fosters a network that brings together research from Vermont’s entrepreneurs, colleges and universities, and government.

Moving forward, the Council is focused on four goals: Workforce Development, R&D Pipeline, Innovation Culture, and Infrastructure and supports key efforts around:

  • Technology and innovation policy (Vermont Science & Technology Plan, Vermont EPSCoR, UVM Office of Engagement and the Vermont Technology Alliance)
  • Entrepreneurship in higher education (UVM ARC program, student internships)
  • Startups & Ecosystem events across Vermont communities (VCET, TechJam)
  • Increasing STEM resources and programs in Vermont K-12 education (Vermont Academy of Scientists and Engineers)

The 501 c (3) Vermont Technology Council is providing annual funding by the University of Vermont and is administered by the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET). For more information, visit vermonttechnologycouncil.com.