State Rep. Chris Bray (D. New Haven) has been elected to serve as a trustee of the University of Vermont.
In a recent election conducted by a joint assembly of the Vermont House and Senate, Bray was the top vote getter, and he will now join the 23-member UVM board for a six year term.
Bray has a long-standing relationship with the university, including earning undergraduate and graduate degrees there, in Zoology and English, respectively. He later returned to UVM to teach writing and linguistics in the English Department.
UVM, like the state, is currently facing budget shortfalls that are now being addressed. In addition, the university is in the process of revising its long-term plans for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
UVM concerns are of importance to the entire state, according to Bray.
"Agriculture, food and forestry are an essential part of the economy of Addison County and the entire state. They also have a crucial role to play in the environmental health of our state," said Bray. "They are the foundation of our quality of life in Vermont."
Bray's term began on March 1 and continues until March 2015.