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Invitation to honor Leonard Sandridge

Dear Members of the University Community:

February 4, 2011

I write to ask each of you to mark April 4 on your calendars in bold red letters. That's the day we will gather as a community to honor one of the University's most effective and influential leaders of the past half-century.

As you already know, Leonard Sandridge will step down from his duties asexecutive vice president and chief operating officer at the end of this academic year. Leonard joined the University in 1967 as a member of the internal audit staff. Over the next 44 years he held various positions as he worked his way through the administrative ranks until being named chief operating officer -- a job he still says is the best in the country.

His devotion to the University -- and to those who live and work in our University community -- is reflected in his every action, whether it be meeting with legislators in Richmond or mingling with his friends in Facilities Management as they set up chairs for Finals. And while there are still those who insist on addressing him as Mr. Sandridge, he much prefers that we all call him "just Leonard."

I hope you join me and Leonard's family on April 4 at John Paul Jones Arena for a picnic lunch from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. to celebrate his remarkable contributions to our University -- and to wish him Godspeed.

Leonard has generously agreed to serve as a consultant to the University after his retirement; he also plans to spend a good bit of time with his beloved Jerry and their four grandchildren as this new phase of his life unfolds.

I look forward to seeing you on April 4.

Teresa A. Sullivan
President

Sharing Leonard Stories: There are many legendary stories about Leonard. For those of you who would like to share a story, please respond directly to this email with your memories.