2010 in Review: New President Makes a Great First Impression

In the closing days of 2010, UVA Today will look back at some of the University of Virginia's top stories of the past 12 months.

December 20, 2010 — It was just 11 days into the new year when the University of Virginia community was first introduced to Teresa A. Sullivan, who would become the University's eighth president – and the first new president in two decades.

Then provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan,  Sullivan brought academic credentials and administrative expertise in virtually every aspect of leading an institution of higher education, including athletics.

Beginning well before her formal arrival on Aug. 1, she made a seamless transition to U.Va. life.
Somehow, she seems to have met just about everybody – from newly arrived first-year students to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. Virtually everyone has come away impressed with her preparation, her curiosity and her warmth.

Look for information in January about her inauguration in April. Meanwhile, here are a few stories detailing the milestones in Sullivan's transition to U.Va.:

Teresa A. Sullivan, Extraordinary Leader and Respected Scholar, to Become Eighth President of U.Va.  (Jan. 11)

In First Full Day as President-Elect, Sullivan Visits Classroom, Lab (Jan. 12)

President Sullivan Ushers In a New Era at U.Va.  (Aug. 1)

At Convocation, Sullivan Celebrates Old-School Student-Teacher Interactions (Nov. 5)

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