Dear Vice Presidents and Deans:
August 24, 2010
As you all know, when I was appointed president I started to look at the University's organizational structure, to rethink reporting lines and to review the portfolios of the leadership team.
On Monday, I am pleased to report that Craig and I met with his managers and coaches to announce that he will begin to report to me.
In the eyes of the NCAA, University presidents are responsible for compliance. In fact, in most Division I universities, the standard reporting line for the athletic director is to the president.
In making this decision, I consulted with other Division I presidents and athletic directors, in addition to the Rector and the Board of Visitors, Leonard, and the chair of the Virginia Athletics Foundation. I found widespread support for this change -- and concluded that such a reporting line enhances presidential control and sends a clear message about the University's commitment to athletics.
Craig is an outstanding athletic director who is known here and across the country for his deep commitment to the overall well being of our student-athletes, both on the field and in the classroom, and for his always thoughtful, collegial approach to complex issues. Craig embodies the University's values and strives for excellence in all that he does.
He has earned the respect of his colleagues at peer institutions, within the ACC and the NCAA, and among our coaches and student-athletes.
Craig also earned a new-found respect from his University colleagues on Saturday afternoon during the family welcome event. His wry explanation of the coming football season brought down the house.
Since becoming the University's AD in 2001, Craig has continued to build our athletic programs while keeping his eye on academic excellence and student achievement. During the 2009-10 academic year, U.Va.'s intercollegiate athletics program ranked third in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings, which are based on the combined performance of men's and women's sports. Virginia is one of just 15 schools to finish in the Top 30 in the Directors' Cup standings in all 17 years of the program's existence. Last year's third place finish is the best ever.
That's a credit to Craig's steady leadership.
I am looking forward to working with Craig -- and to seeing what the new year will bring.
Teresa A. Sullivan