Former U.Va. Associate Dean of Students Sybil R. Todd Dies at 66

February 15, 2007
Feb. 15, 2007 – Former University of Virginia Associate Dean of Students Sybil Todd, 66, died Tuesday (Feb. 13, 2007) in Dallas after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Todd served as a dean at the University from 1977 until 1995.

"Dean Todd was a wonderful dean," former Dean of Students Bob Canevari told the Cavalier Daily. "She was truly loved by the students she worked with. She had a way of helping people believe in themselves and was able to bring the best out of those individual students she worked with."

In the Cavalier Daily story, Pat Lampkin, vice president for student affairs, said Todd worked closely with First-Year Seminar and Resident Staff programs.

"She brought a lot of energy to her students," Lampkin said.

Born in Amarillo, Tex., Todd received her bachelor’s degree from West Texas State and her master’s degree and doctorate from Arizona State. She taught in public school prior to joining U.Va.

During her U.Va. tenure, Todd was selected as an American Council on Education Fellow and spent the fellowship at Rhodes College in Memphis and the NCAA.

After leaving U.Va., Todd served as vice president for student affairs at the University of Utah, vice chancellor for the University of Houston system and vice president of institutional advancement for the University of Houston’s main campus, and vice president for student affairs at the University of Alabama.

Larry Sabato, professor of politics, characterized Todd as a “marvelous dean and a very caring person” in remarks to the Cavalier Daily. He noted that she was especially helpful towards, and concerned about the safety of, young women on Grounds.

Memorial donations may be made to the Sybil Todd Endowment in care of Scott Norrison, Business Manager VP, UVA P.O. Box 400303, Charlottesville, VA 22904. A memorial service will be held for Todd Saturday at 2 p.m. at Believers Chapel in Dallas.