Teresa A. Sullivan, the University of Michigan’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and a leading scholar in labor force demography, will become the University of Virginia’s eighth president on August 1.

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,” Wynne said. “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.”

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