With Meredith Jung-En Woo’s term approaching its conclusion in May 2014, the University of Virginia plans to launch a search for a new dean for the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.
Woo, the Buckner W. Clay Dean of Arts & Sciences, joined the UVA faculty in the summer of 2008, and is currently in her sixth year in the role after extending her original appointment by a year. After a sabbatical when her term ends, Woo plans to return to the College and focus full-time on teaching and research.
She and her leadership team have led the creation of new programs and efforts to distinguish the College’s offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as broadening its presence globally. Annual philanthropic support for the College nearly tripled during this time, from $24 million in 2009-2010 to over $62 million in 2012-2013.
“Meredith Woo has elevated the College during her time here and positioned it to meet the opportunities ahead,” UVA President Teresa A. Sullivan said. “I am grateful for the momentum she created and for the successes she and her leadership team spearheaded.”
Woo said her initial challenges included a focus on creating an effective structure of finance and management, as well as fundraising – both of which support research and teaching.