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The Southern Vermont AHEC Board of Directors Search Committee has elected Jennifer L. Scott as the newest Executive Director effective November 16th, 2020. Scott inherits the position previously occupied by Robert Crego, who has returned to his vocation of expanding housing development in the Southern Vermont region. Robert leaves SVTAHEC after successfully supplying funding, overseeing programming, and developing a marketing division in his two and a half years leading Southern Vermont AHEC.

Board President, Priscilla Latkin, reports that “The SVTAHEC Board is thrilled to welcome Jennifer as the new Executive Director. Jennifer brings a wealth of knowledge through her experience as a leader in higher education, a healthcare clinician, a teacher, and a community advocate. We are confident Jennifer will navigate the organization successfully during the current environment and continue to advance its programs and goals.”

Scott will fulfill the Executive Director position as an experienced leader in higher education. Not only is Dr. Jennifer Scott a licensed clinical psychologist, but she’s also upheld as a well-established educator and administrator on an institutional level. She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology and a graduate certificate in organizational concepts and management from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH; and completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology, with a minor in social work, from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN. She achieved board certification in clinical psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology, demonstrating professional practice at the highest standard. She has contributed to the fields of psychology and education, with numerous presentations, publications, and professional service, and has been recognized at the local and state levels for excellence in teaching and clinical practice.

“Southern Vermont AHEC is a mature organization committed to recruiting, maintaining, and retaining healthcare workers in primary care, nursing, dental, and behavioral health,” said Dr. Scott.  “I feel privileged to lead this team of talented and dedicated professionals toward the ultimate goal of improving access to quality healthcare for all Vermonters.”

With a career in higher education spanning almost three decades, Dr. Scott has learned at every level, from student to clinical faculty to college president. She is accomplished at leading teams, building community partnerships, ensuring sound business and financial practices, individual and program assessment, strategic planning, and student, staff and faculty development. As a strong leader, educator, clinician, supervisor, mentor and advocate, she is committed to the education and training of students and young professionals, creating opportunities for all to succeed despite social or economic barriers, and serving the needs of individuals, families, and communities. She lives with her husband and two children in Rutland, VT and enjoys spending quality time with her family, connecting with friends, reading, hiking, traveling, and fighting for the common good.

Eleanor Thomas, our Health Careers Educator, assumed the role of the interim director while spear-heading the search committee. Upon Scott’s acceptance, Thomas said, “SVTAHEC is most fortunate to have attracted a leader with such an extensive background in higher education and the behavioral health field.  Jennifer will be an asset in leading our organization into the future.”