Former Vermont State Colleges Chancellor Tim Donovan was honored Wednesday afternoon as Community College of Vermont President Joyce Judy, the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees, colleagues, friends and family members gathered for a building dedication ceremony at the College’s Winooski academic center.
The five-year-old building located at 1 Abenaki Way will now be known as the Timothy J. Donovan Academic Center.
As the group of about 60 people congregated in the building’s rotunda, Judy, VSC Chancellor Jeb Spaulding and VSC Board of Trustees Chair Martha O’Connor recalled fond memories from Donovan’s 38 years serving the Vermont State Colleges and thanked him for his dedication.
“Tim is an amazing guy,” Judy said. “His leadership has been felt throughout Vermont and across New England. He truly loves the Vermont State Colleges and he has dedicated his career to the betterment of education in our state.”
Spaulding echoed Judy’s sentiments expressing his gratitude for the legacy Donovan has left for CCV in particular.
“It’s thanks to Tim Donovan’s leadership that CCV continues to be such an important part of the state of Vermont,” he said.In her speech, O’Connor thanked Donovan for his service throughout his career.
“As a trustee, I’ve appreciated your vision and your passion, especially for our students,” she said.
During his own remarks, Donovan reflected upon his career and the importance of the Winooski academic center.
“This building represents the physical manifestation of a powerful idea that you can improve the lives of individuals and the life of a community by bringing in higher education. Like this building, my life’s work has been a manifestation of a powerful idea,” he said. “While my name will grace this building, what it represents was built by many of my closest colleagues, and I thank them.”
Following the ceremony, guests congratulated Donovan during a reception at the center.
As the reception was winding down, Donovan expressed how humbled he was by the recognition.
“One can’t expect this during one’s life,” he said. “To have my life’s work honored at the place that I had the good fortune to help create and nurture and bring to what it is now is just wonderful. It’s hard to even explain what that means. I’m just very honored and I’m very touched.”