Having been at Johnson State College since 1958, Bill Doyle has every right to slow down a little — but there doesn’t seem to be any chance of that happening any time soon. He continues to stay active and involved on campus and at the state level - he’s the longest standing state senator in the Vermont Legislature.
Bill’s JSC classes have always stressed involvement at the local level and beyond. At the urging of a student, Bill organized a class in Canadian politics in which students traveled to Ottawa and observed the operations of the Canadian Parliament and met with Canadian officials. And each year, he leads a course called Observation of the Legislative Process, which requires students to spend two weeks, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., sitting in on committee meetings of the Vermont State Legislature.
Bill doesn’t just motivate his students to be involved politically, though — he also gets them out in the community. He had students in his Vermont History class create a video of interviews with residents of a number of Vermont counties, resulting in a unique and valuable oral history project. Bill plans to continue this project, adding a new county each time he teaches the class.