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Dear Members of the University Community:

January 4, 2011

I write to welcome you to the New Year with the hope that each of you had a joyful and relaxing break with family and friends.

This is a difficult time of year to communicate with everyone in an academic community as we are spread both near and far. Our faculty are teaching J-Term courses, huddled over research projects or worrying over spring semester curricula; students are working, traveling or enjoying the warmth of the family nest; University staff are back on Grounds, as are Medical Center staff, many of whom worked through the holiday in order to care for our patients.

Wherever this email finds you, I hope you will take the time to give serious thought to my request for nominations for the Provost Search Committee.

As you know, we are preparing for the successions of two of the University's top leaders -- Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Leonard Sandridge and Executive Vice President and Provost Tim Garson, both of whom will leave at the end of this academic year. Finding capable successors for these extraordinary leaders is one of the most critical tasks standing before us this year.

The search for the EVP-COO is well under way. The committee has met several times and recently put out a call for nominations and applications for Leonard's successor.

Now it is time to launch the search for our next Provost.

I invite you to submit nominations for membership on this important search committee. Please email your nominations by Jan. 18 to

We want this committee to be broadly representative of our entire University, with an emphasis on membership from the faculty, but also including staff, administrators (including one or more deans), students, and members of relevant external stakeholder groups.

As we begin 2011, I want to once again thank all of you who have so graciously welcomed Doug and me during our first semester in Charlottesville. We have felt the warm embrace of the University family in many wonderful ways.

I look forward to much challenging -- and good -- work together in the coming year.

Teresa A. Sullivan

Information about these searches can be found at the following sites: