Office of Lt. Governor David Zuckerman
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 21, 2023
Chief of Staff, Office of the Lt. Governor
NEWS: Lt. Governor Zuckerman Releases Statement on VSC Library Closures
MONTPELIER, Vt: On Tuesday, Lt. Governor David Zuckerman released the following statement regarding the Vermont State University’s administration’s decision to eliminate libraries on five college campuses by transitioning to an “all-digital” model and change their athletics program on several campuses:
“Today, I met with dozens of students, faculty and staff from across the VSC system who have been impacted by the planned library closures and changes to the athletics programs. I am concerned by the lack of input that the administration has sought from those who will be most impacted by these decisions. It appears that many of these cuts will create a larger economic decline than the purported savings. If these cuts lead to a large exodus of students and faculty, it could be terminal for those institutions which we cherish across the state.
“Vermont is on the precipice of significant in-migration. We should be working to attract more students to our state colleges, not making cuts that will likely result in reduced enrollment.
“I look forward to reaching out to the VSC administration to gain a better understanding of their research into the ramifications of these cuts.”