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Vermont Governor Jim Douglas to Deliver Green Mountain College's 171st Commencement Address

POULTNEY, VT—Vermont Governor Jim Douglas will deliver the commencement address at Green Mountain College’s graduation ceremony on May 17. Governor Douglas will also receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

Deborah Granquist of Weston, Vermont, presently chair of the Vermont Community Foundation and Vice Chair of Vermont Public Radio, will also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

“It is a great honor to have Governor Douglas as our speaker,” said Green Mountain College President John Brennan. “His dedication to a career in public service, which began immediately after his graduation from college, will be an inspiration to our students who are also seeking ways to improve our country and our world.”

Douglas was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives in 1972—the same year he graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in Russian Studies. His influence as a legislator increased quickly, becoming majority leader in his third term at the age of twenty-five.

After a stint as an aide to Governor Richard Snelling, Douglas served as Vermont Secretary of State from 1980-1993, and State Treasurer from 1994-2002. Now in his third term as governor, Douglas has received more votes than any other person in Vermont history.

Outside his 36-year career as a public servant, Douglas has been active in many community organizations in Vermont and in Addison County, and continues to serve as Town Moderator for Middlebury, a post he has held for more than twenty years.

Ms. Granquist also has a long record of distinguished public service in government and non-profit organizations. In addition to her current roles in Vermont Community Foundation and VPR, she was formerly chair of the Board of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont from 2004 to 2007, and is past chair the board of the Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences (VINS). She is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a JD degree from the University of Connecticut. She is a partner with her husband in the law firm Granquist Associates of Weston.


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