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Colchester man named Champlain College’s 2015 Distinguished Citizen

Colchester’s Richard Morley received Champlain College’s Distinguished Citizen Award at the school’s convocation last week. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Colchester’s Richard Morley received Champlain College’s Distinguished Citizen Award at the school’s convocation last week.
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Richard R. Morley of Colchester received the 2015 Champlain College Distinguished Citizen award Aug. 28.

Morley, vice president of support services at Central Vermont Medical Center is a 1974 graduate of Champlain College. He received the award from Champlain College President Donald J. Laackman and the Board of Trustees at the College’s Convocation. This is the 54th year of the award, which honors community leaders in Vermont.

Morley graduated from Champlain with an associate’s degree in business management. In 1980, he became a licensed nursing home administrator. He was then president of the Vermont Health Care Association from 1995 to 1997. In 1998, he became a fellow in the American College of Health Care Administrators. In 2002, Morley became a certified nursing home administrator with the American College of Health Care Administrators.

He has been part of the CVMC senior management team since 2000. His responsibilities include all the non-clinical departments (environmental services, food service, plant facilities and engineering), all building renovations and development, emergency management and property management including 23 off-site medical practice buildings and the 153-bed nursing home which is on the CVMC campus.

With Morley’s leadership, CVMC was named the 2014 Vermont State Champion for energy efficiency by Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership. In addition, CVMC won the 2015 Vermont Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for the hospital-wide energy savings initiative. CVMC continues to work toward the EPA Energy Star Award, which will designate it the first and only hospital in Vermont to reach Energy Star and one of a handful in New England.

He lives with his wife Patty in Colchester, and has a son, Nick, daughter-in-law, Sarah, granddaughter, Scarlett, son, Tom and daughter Katharine.

— Staff report