Sullivan named next U.Va. president

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Teresa A. Sullivan, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan, will become the next president of the University of Virginia.

Sullivan, 60, will follow John T. Casteen III, who will retire office in August after 20 years leading U.Va. The U.Va. board of rectors unanimously elected Sullivan in a Monday meeting at the university’s Rotunda.

Sullivan has held her current position at Michigan since 2006.

Sullivan spent most of her career at the University of Texas at Austin, most recently as executive vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University of Texas system from 2002 until 2006. In that role, she was the chief academic office for the system’s nine academic campuses. She joined the University of Texas at Austin in 1975 as an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, later becoming a full professor.  In addition to teaching, she was vice president and graduate dean, vice provost, chair of the Department of Sociology and director of women’s studies at Texas.

U.Va. Rector John O. Wynne said he was drawn to Sullivan’s willingness to face the challenges of running a public university. “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,” Wynne said of Sullivan. “She also has experience in all areas of managing risk.”

Sullivan’s research focuses on labor-force demography. She has written or co-written six books and more than 80 scholarly articles.

Sullivan is a graduate of Michigan State University and received her doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Chicago.

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