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Teresa A. Sullivan

Teresa A. Sullivan is the University of Virginia’s eighth president and the first woman to lead the University. Since taking office, she has led UVA through a period of significant progress.  In 2012, President Sullivan launched a planning effort to provide a road-map for the University’s future, while gathering input from 10,000 alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and others.  This effort produced a new strategic plan for the University, the Cornerstone Plan.  In 2013, President Sullivan proposed an aggressive plan to improve faculty compensation after many years of stagnation in faculty salaries.  She led the University to completion of its $3-billion capital campaign, and quickly announced plans to raise financial support for three strategic priorities: retaining and recruiting top faculty, restoring the University’s Jeffersonian Grounds, and providing needy students with scholarships.  She is now preparing the groundwork for the University’s Third Century Campaign.  She came to UVA from the University of Michigan, where she was provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.  Prior to her work at Michigan, Ms. Sullivan was executive vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University of Texas System and a faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin.  She is a graduate of Michigan State University’s James Madison College, and earned her doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Chicago.