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Theresa Sullivan elected University of Virginia President

The Board of Visitors elected Theresa Sullivan as UVA's next president in the Dome Room on Monday.
The Board of Visitors elected Theresa Sullivan as UVA's next president in the Dome Room on Monday.
Margaret Lipman

The University of Virginia's Board of Visitors unanimously elected Teresa A. Sullivan to serve as the eighth president of the University, effective August 1.  Sullivan is currently the University of Michigan's provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, in addition to its chief budget officer and a scholar in labor force demography.  Prior to her position at the University of Michigan, Sullivan spent 27 years at the University of Texas as a sociology professor and in several distinguished administrative roles.  

Sullivan's election Monday in the Dome Room of the Rotunda was the culminating moment of a nationwide search to locate a successor for John T. Casteen III, who will step down after 20 years as president of the University of Virginia.  

In a UVA Today press release, Sullivan stated that she was looking forward to meeting the substantial challenges currently facing the University of Virginia,  particularly the University's increasing costs and lack of state financial support.  Sullivan and the Board of Visitors will target numerous areas for assistance, ranging from completing a $3 billion fundraising campaign and strengthening graduate opportunities to improving UVA's international impact and sustaining AccessUVa (UVA's financial aid program).  

Sullivan's election marks a significant milestone for the University of Virginia, as she will become its first female president.  Her election coincides with the anniversary of another decision by the Board of Visitors: it was only 40 years ago, in 1970, that the University of Virginia's College of Arts and Sciences admitted its first class of undergraduate women to Mr. Jefferson's University, after 150 years of exclusion.