Dr. Teresa A. Sullivan, formerly the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan, has been named the eighth President of the University of Virginia.
Women were not permitted admission to UVA until 1970. Forty years later, Sullivan becomes the first female president of the university.
Sullivan will be compensated no more than $680,000 annually and will serve a five-year term as president.
Rector John Wynne laid out a strong challenge to Sullivan, saying she must come up with "a new financial model for our future."
Sullivan praised various institutions on grounds, including researchers, alums, students and faculty. She said the university should pursue uncompromised excellence in athletics and cultural activities.
Sullivan said she was drawn to UVA because of its Jeffersonian values and traditions, its academic reputation, its powerful undergraduate student experience and its firm commitment to a public mission.
From the University of Virginia press release:
Sullivan was unanimously elected by the University's Board of Visitors today at a meeting in the Dome Room of the Rotunda. University Rector John O. Wynne, who chaired the board's Special Committee on the Nomination of a President, officially welcomed Sullivan to the University community, calling her "an extraordinary talent who brings to the University an enormous depth and breadth of experience in every aspect of public higher education."
Sullivan, 60, will succeed John T. Casteen III, who announced last summer that he will step down as president at the end of his 20th year.
"The University of Virginia has enjoyed strong leadership in John Casteen for the past two decades," says Wynne. "The board is confident that in Terry we have found an excellent successor to lead the University as we work to elevate our teaching and research capabilities and to enhance our student experience. We are pleased to have attracted a person of Terry's integrity, experience and vision."
Wynne said that he was drawn to Sullivan's confidence in the face of the challenges and complexities of leading a public institution of higher education.
"She is undaunted by the challenges and has a deep understanding of the complexities. She believes in public higher education and is committed to leading our University and to building on its excellence," says Wynne.
Sullivan seamlessly combines all aspects of leading a major research university, he added.
He says, "Not only is she well versed in academic and student life, she knows the inner workings of the daily operations of a university, from finance and health care to athletics and how to support a second campus like the College at Wise. She also has experience in all areas of managing risk."
Sullivan arrived at Michigan in June of 2006. Prior to coming to Ann Arobor, Sullivan spent 27 years at the University of Texas at Austin. She was named Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in 2002. Dr. Sullivan graduated from Michigan State University in 1970 and received her doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Chicago in 1975.
Dr. Sullivan Curriculum Vitae:
Ph.D., 1975, Sociology, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637 Special field examinations: demography (with honors), sociology of education (with honors)
A.M., 1972, Sociology, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637
B.A., with high honor, 1970, James Madison College and The Honors College, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824
St. Joseph’s High School, 1967, Jackson, MS 39209 (valedictorian)
Scholarly interests: social demography, especially labor force and ethnic groups; sociology of cultural institutions (science, education, law, religion)
2006 - Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2006 - Professor of Sociology and Law Emerita, University of Texas at Austin
1987 - 2006 Professor of Sociology; 1988 – 2006 Professor of Law; The University of Texas at Austin
1981 - 1987 Associate Professor of Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin
1981 - Faculty Research Associate, Population Research Center, The University of Texas
1977 - 1981 Assistant Professor of Sociology and the College; Faculty Research Associate, Population Research Center, The University of Chicago
1975 - 1976 Instructor to Assistant Professor of Sociology; Faculty Research Associate, Population Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin
2006 - Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2002 - 2006 Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, The University of Texas System
1995 - 2003 Vice President and Graduate Dean, The University of Texas at Austin
1994 - 1995 Vice Provost, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, The University of Texas at Austin
1992 - 1995 Associate Dean, Office of Graduate Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
1990 - 1992 Chair, Department of Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin
1989 - 1990 Associate Dean, Office of Graduate Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
1988 - 1989 Assistant Chair, Department of Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin
1985 - 1987 Director of Women’s Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
1982 - 1987 Training Director, Population Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin
1970 - 1971 Administrative Intern, Office of the President, Michigan State University