We’re proud to announce that our founder, Mr. Richard E. Tarrant, will be receiving an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from the University of Vermont. Rich will receive the honorary degree at UVM’s commencement ceremony in May.

Rich is a true visionary in every sense. He’s achieved a great amount of success in life through an uncanny ability to identify problems and trends early on and figure out ways to solve them. He’s also, as you’ll read below, a philanthropist behind one of the largest private foundations in Vermont, and, as those who’ve spent time with him can attest, a fun guy to be around.

Below is UVM’s official announcement. Congrats Rich!

“Richard E. Tarrant is a visionary, philanthropist, business leader, and public servant, and his generosity has been long-standing and life-changing for many. He has leveraged his success to benefit the University of Vermont and the State of Vermont. Tarrant created three companies that anticipated future trends. He was co-founder, president, and CEO of IDX Systems, which became a leader in healthcare software and systems and was sold to GE Healthcare in 2006. Additionally, he created Marathon Health, a health and wellness company, and Plasma Power, a renewable energy company. With his wife Deborah, he founded the Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in Vermont. The Tarrant Foundation supported the funding of the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education at UVM; the institute partners with Vermont middle schools in the use of technology to more effectively engage students in their daily learning activities. Additionally, Tarrant has supported health care in Vermont as a philanthropist, adviser and leader. In sum, Tarrant has demonstrated sustained commitment to service for the benefit of Vermont and his achievements have had a substantial impact on UVM. Richard Tarrant will be presented with an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.”

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