UVM Health Network General Counsel Spencer Knapp to Step Down After 16 Years

Deputy General Counsel and Former US Attorney, Eric Miller Named General Counsel

Spencer Knapp

Burlington, VT – The University of Vermont Health Network announced today that longtime General Counsel Spencer Knapp will step down at the end of September. Deputy General Counsel Eric Miller will take over the position at the start of the new fiscal year on October 1.

“I am enormously grateful to Spencer for his decades of commitment and service to the UVM Medical Center and to the UVM Health Network,” said John Brumsted, MD, president and CEO of the UVM Health Network. “Spencer has helped guide the organization through its brightest and darkest days with integrity and character. I’ll greatly miss working with him day in and day out.”

Knapp has served in various roles including outside counsel and board member for more than 40 years. Knapp first began work on behalf of the hospital in the 1970s. He was instrumental in helping the organization through the rough seas of the Renaissance Project in the early 2000s, as well as helping to lead the formation of the UVM Health Network six years ago.

“It won’t be easy to leave a job I’ve loved, a place I cherish, and a group of people I respect enormously but it’s the right time for me to do it and I know the organization is in capable hands,” said Knapp. “So much has changed in health care over the years but the values and commitment of the UVM Health Network have not. It has been a great honor to be a part of positioning the UVM Health Network to meet the needs of our communities in New York and Vermont for generations to come.” 

After stepping down, Knapp intends to focus professionally on regional and national health law while doing more of what he loves best, cycling, traveling with his wife Barbara and enjoying time with their girls and three young grandchildren. 

Eric Miller served as U.S. Attorney under President Barack Obama and as principal and managing partner at local law firm, Sheehey Furlong and Behm, P.C.  He joined the UVM Health Network in May 2017 as deputy general counsel and senior advisor.

“Eric brings an incredible amount of experience to the position leading some of our toughest challenges including mental health and substance use initiatives, as well as our work with our regulators,” Brumsted said. “Eric will be a great fit as general counsel and we appreciate his willingness to step into this important role.”

About the University of Vermont Health Network

The University of Vermont Health Network is an academic health system comprised of six affiliate hospitals, a multi-specialty medical group, and a home health agency. We serve more than 1 million residents across Vermont and northern New York. Our health care professionals are driven to provide high-quality, cost-efficient care as close to home as possible. The Network is strengthened and supported by our academic connection to the University of Vermont and the University of Vermont Medical Center is the region’s only academic medical center, level 1 trauma center and children’s hospital. Each of our hospitals remains committed to its local community by providing compassionate, personal care shaped by the latest medical advances and delivered by highly skilled experts. We are guided by our mission in all we do: working together, we improve people’s lives. 

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  August 29, 2018