The University of Vermont Alumni Association and UVM Foundation honored outstanding graduates, faculty, and philanthropists at its annual Reunion & Homecoming weekend celebration on Friday, Oct, 5. Paula Cope of Shelburne was awarded the UVM Alumni Association’s 2012 Distinguished Service Award. Award citations were presented by UVM President Thomas Sullivan, Alumni Association President Ted Madden, and UVM Foundation President and CEO Richard Bundy.
Cope is president of Cope & Associates, Inc., a management consulting and training firm based in Burlington since 1991. She is a consultant, facilitator, and trainer specializing in management and organizational development; strategic planning, and project management. Over the past 20 years, she has presented professional papers nationally, is a published author in health care, and has chaired several statewide conferences on the economics of child care, total quality management, and volunteerism. She has been the project director for the Governor’s Commission on the Public’s Health Care Values and Priorities, a board member for Leadership Champlain, and is a founding member of the American Society of Training and Development – Vermont Chapter. In 2003, Cope was one of six recipients worldwide to be named an Exemplar of Excellence by Hillel International Center. In 2004, she and her family received the YMCA’s Character in Action Award. In 2005, she was named Small Business Woman of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Cope has served on many of her class reunion committees as well as a career network member and admissions volunteer. She was the recipient of UVM’s Outstanding Young Alumna award in 1980.