Montpellier (Jan 27) – Wednesday morning, the House Education committee sat down for their annual appropriations meeting with University of Vermont’s president, Tom Sullivan. With standing room only, the committee members listened and watched as Sullivan gave a statistic-driven PowerPoint presentation urging representatives to increase state funding, telling them “This is a long term investment, not short.” Sullivan also noted Vermont currently ranks 49th in the country for State support of higher education. Sullivan began the hearing by checking in with the members about the University’s new STEM building. Sullivan said the STEM facility is to be completed in 2017 and will be a “major economic driver for the state of Vermont through jobs and applied research.” UVM is partnering with Vermont State Colleges to propose two new programs. “This is about low-income and first generation Vermonters.” Sullivan explained.