Suzanne D. Rude

Rude, Suzanne

Time Period

1940 to Today

Notable Facts

Appointed to Vermont Public Service Board by Governor Madeleine Kunin

Personal Information

Date of Birth


Primary Residence

Enosburg Falls

Historical Significance

Suzanne D. Rude, of Essex Junction, Vermont, served the State of Vermont in utility regulation and public policy for nearly twenty years. Rude joined the Department of Public Service in 1983, serving as a special counsel for financial analysis. As a financial analyst, Rude focused on rate and cost analyses of Vermont utilities, as well as public policy pertaining to electric and telecommunications regulation.

In 1987, Governor Madeleine Kunin appointed Rude to the Vermont Public Service Board. Vermont's first woman-led administration was a unique group, with a large number of woman appointees, many of whom were the first women to hold their positions. In 1986, 5 of 8 people in Kunin's inner staff were women, she had appointed women to 15 of 33 agency and department head positions, and to 169 of the 433 positions on commissions and boards. Many state boards, including the Vermont Industrial Development Authority, Vermont Labor Relations Board, the Vermont Veteran's Home in Bennington, Transportation Board, and Judicial Nominating Board, were all male until the Kunin administration. The Governor's Commission on the Status of Women under Madeleine Kunin, whose goal was to find and appoint more women to boards and committees, succeeded in significantly increasing the representation of women in state government positions. In 1969, only 14% of board and commission appointees were women, in 1979, there were 22%, and in the Kunin administration in 1986, 39% of appointees were women.

On the Public Service Board, Rude focused on protecting consumers, the efficient use of resources and dealing with deregulation issues. In 1991, Governor Howard Dean reappointed Rude to a six-year term. The Vermont Public Service Board is one of the most progressive state utility boards in the nation, with its emphasis on conservation, long-range planning, and alternative energy sources.

Rude earned a B.Sc. from McGill University and an MBA from the University of Vermont. She has served as a committee member of Franklin-Grand Isle Leadership Development Northwest, as well as on the boards of the Caritas Insurance Company, NAMI-VT and the Samaritan House of St. Albans, VT.

Organizations or Movements

  • Vermont Public Service Board
  • Champlain College
  • Kunin administration
  • Dean administration


  • Special counsel for financial analysis with the Vermont Public Service Department
  • Vermont Public Service Board
  • Adjunct faculty at Champlain College

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • "Kunin names Rude to post on Public Service Board," Rutland Herald, 8/28/1987, 1:1.

  • "Suzanne Rude is reappointed," Rutland Herald, 12/11/1991, 12:1.