Randy Rowland has announced his candidacy for a 3-year term to the Shelburne Selectboard.
A resident of Shelburne since 1992, Rowland states, “When I travel and tell people where I am from, they often remark that they have been to the Shelburne Museum or Shelburne Farms, and how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful place on the shores of Lake Champlain. They are right, which is why I felt it was my turn to serve the town in return for the many benefits my wife and I have enjoyed here.”
Rowland has owned or operated several businesses and has served on 16 profit, non-profit, and governmental boards. Through his consulting work, he has assisted organizations in matters of leadership, financial oversight, strategic planning, board development, conflict resolution, and workplace culture.
He spoke at regional and national conferences regarding board governance, effective communication, and employee ownership. “I believe my work and consulting experience will help communications between the Selectboard and other town boards, commissions, and committees, as well as with the residents of Shelburne,” Rowland stated.
Rowland appreciates the unique character of Shelburne, and says that, “While change in a community is inevitable, it is the manner in which that change occurs that weaves its people, businesses, and infrastructure into the strong fabric of a healthy and dynamic community. Through the town’s Comprehensive Plan, I want to maintain what is great about Shelburne, while stimulating continuous improvement. Shelburne will likely face new fiscal challenges, as federal stimulus monies to the state end, and the effect of that trickles down to towns. Making fiscally responsible choices is more important than ever right now.”
He received a BA in Economics from Middlebury College, an MBA in Accounting and Finance from UVM, and began his professional life as a CPA. In 2007, he was appointed to the Professional Responsibility Board (PRB) by the Vermont Supreme Court. The PRB is responsible for regulating the legal profession in Vermont.
The longtime Shelburne resident lives on Farm Barn Lane with his wife, Ginny. The couplehas three children: Scott, 24, a 2013 graduate of Middlebury College employed by CivicSolar in Boston; Mark, 21, a junior at Washington University in St. Louis; and Anna, 14, an 8th grade student at the Shelburne Community School. Rowland is a longtime cyclist, skier, and sailor and is a member of Lake Champlain Yacht Club. He coached Shelburne youth soccer for 15 years, and enjoys watching his daughter play field hockey and lacrosse.