Maj. Gen. Michael D. Dubie was this year's Distinguished Citizen at a convocation ceremony for incoming first-year Champlain College students last month.
Dubie serves as the adjutant general of Vermont, responsible for the 4,000 members of the National Guard and a $220 million annual budget. Leading the Guard during the largest deployment since World War II presents challenges, including ensuring the wounded get medical care and taking care of the families who have lost loved ones overseas.
Dubie was born and raised in the Burlington area and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics at the University of Vermont and a Masters of Arts degree in international relations from Norwich University. He has studied national and international security at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
In addition to his professional pursuits, Dubie has volunteered as a coach for youth sports, served on his local school budget advisory committee, currently serves as a member of several board of directors and committees.
Dubie is married to Amy Spagnuolo Dubie, a 1981 Champlain College graduate, and they have three daughters, Chelsea, Whitney and Morgan. His brother, Brian, is leiutenant governor of Vermont and this year's Republican candidate for governor.