Gov. Phil Hoff to serve as honorary chairman of VSAC 50th Anniversary Council

January 1st, 2015

Governor’s initiative opened doors to college and opportunity for generations of Vermonters


WINOOSKI (January 1, 2015) – The Vermont Student Assistance Corp.  has announced that Governor Phil Hoff will serve as honorary chairman of its 50th Anniversary Council.

VSAC was created by the Legislature in 1965 to help Vermonters plan and pay for college and it was Governor Hoff’s leadership that made higher education a life-changing opportunity for Vermonters, said Scott Giles, president and CEO of VSAC.

“Without Governor Hoff, there wouldn’t be a VSAC today or, more importantly, the $500 million in grants that Vermonters have received,” Giles said. “He takes great pride in the creation of VSAC, but it is five decades of Vermonters who are grateful to Governor Hoff’s vision and leadership.”

The VSAC Anniversary Council highlights the partnerships and contributions of leaders and organizations throughout the Green Mountain State that focus on encouraging Vermonters to pursue their educational goals and economic dreams.

“The economic growth and fiscal stability of Vermont requires a highly educated workforce,” Giles said. “Education and training after high school are essential strategies for earning a livable wage.”

Other members of the VSAC 50th Anniversary Council include: Senator Patrick Leahy; Rep. Peter Welch, Governors  Peter Shumlin and Jim Douglas; Bob Allen, president and CEO of the Windham Foundation; Martha Allen, president  of the Vermont NEA; Sen. John Campbell, Senate president pro tempore; Barbara Benedict, vice president, McClure Foundation; Betsy Bishop, president, Vermont Chamber of Commerce; Sen. John Campbell, Vermont Senate president pro tempore; Stuart Comstock-Gay, president and CEO, Vermont Community Foundation; Lauren Curry, executive director, Richard E. & Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation; Stephen Dale, executive director, Vermont School Boards Association; Jeff Francis, executive director, Vermont Superintendents Association; Rebecca Holcombe, secretary, Agency of Education; Joyce Judy, president, Community College of Vermont; Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, president, Marlboro College; Patricia Moulton, secretary, Agency of Commerce and Community Development; Annie Noonan, commissioner, Department of Labor; Ken Page, executive director, Vermont Principals Association; Bob Skiff, past-president, Champlain College; Rep. Shap Smith, Speaker of the Vermont House; Jeb Spaulding, chancellor, Vermont State Colleges; Susan Stitely, president, Association of Vermont Independent Colleges; Tom Sullivan, president, University of Vermont; Lisa Ventriss, president, Vermont Business Roundtable; David Wolk, president, Castleton State College.

About VSAC – Changing Lives through Education and Training since 1965

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation is a public, nonprofit agency established by the Vermont Legislature in 1965 to help Vermonters achieve their education and training goals after high school. VSAC serves students and their families in grades 7-12 as well as adults returning to school by providing education and career planning services, need-based grants; scholarships and education loans. VSAC also administers Vermont’s 529 college savings plan and has awarded more than $600 million 500 million grants and scholarships for Vermont students. Share your VSAC story by email to [email protected] or submit a video to YouTube. Find us at or check in on Facebook and Twitter. #changing lives




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