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Copies of older speeches by Teresa A. Sullivan, president of the University of Virginia can be requested by writing: Office of the President, P.O. Box 400224, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904–4224.

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Holiday Greetings from President Sullivan

December 20, 2012

In this holiday season of thanksgiving and celebration, we reflect with gratitude on the gifts of the past year. For many of us, our connection to the University of Virginia is one of our most cherished gifts. By clicking on, you can watch video of our students and community members enjoying the festive holidays at UVa. More

Message regarding Connecticut tragedy

December 16, 2012

As all of us struggle with our shock and sadness following the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, I write to express sympathy to the affected families and to encourage all of the members of the UVa community to come together in a spirit of compassion and support. More

Appointment of Donna Price Henry as College at Wise chancellor

December 7, 2012

I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Donna Price Henry to serve as chancellor of the University of Virginia's College at Wise. More

A Message Regarding Our Strategic Planning Process

December 3, 2012

As we approach the end of 2012 and the beginning of a new year, we have begun the process of shaping the University's future for the next decade and beyond. The strategic planning initiative that we launched this fall is now fully under way, with faculty, staff, students, alumni and parents engaged in thoughtful, candid discussions about UVa's strengths and weaknesses and its opportunities for greater distinction in the years ahead. More

Message regarding our community of trust

November 28, 2012

Living in a community of trust involves values and principles that extend beyond the refusal to lie, cheat, or steal. A community of trust also requires that we act with respect toward everyone in our community, regardless of personal attributes such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. More

A Message Regarding U.Va. Preparation for Sequestration

November 27, 2012

I write with a report on the University's plans to manage the impact of across-the-board federal budget cuts, known as sequestration, that are currently scheduled to occur at the beginning of 2013. More

Remarks to the Rectors' Assembly of the League of European Research Universities

November 16, 2012

I was invited to speak about the report on research universities that was produced in the U.S. by the National Research Council this past summer, and to discuss it within the context of broader issues facing research universities in the U.S. Download (PDF)

Thursday night football game

November 14, 2012

On Thursday night we have an opportunity to showcase U.Va. to a nationwide audience. The ESPN network is here to televise our ACC football game (the last home game for 2012) against the University of North Carolina. Game time is 7:30 p.m. More

Mr. Jefferson's Global University

Remarks delivered by UVa President Teresa Sullivan during a special ceremony to honor UVa faculty who lead study-abroad programs.

November 12, 2012

I'm grateful for this opportunity to help celebrate the achievements of UVa faculty who lead our study-abroad programs. The faculty members who are being honored this afternoon come from a broad range of academic disciplines, and their programs represent a broad range of nations around the world: Argentina, the Bahamas, China, France, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Italy, Jordan, Morocco, Russia, and South Africa, just to name a few. Download (PDF)

Hurricane Sandy's Impact on U.Va.

October 28, 2012

Central Virginia will start feeling the impact of Hurricane Sandy by Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. A high-wind warning is in effect until Tuesday at 8 p.m. Expected conditions include sustained winds of 30 mph and gusts up to 60 mph. We expect 1-3 inches of rain. The prolonged wind may lead to substantial tree damage and widespread power outages. More.


Patrick Hogan named U.Va. Executive Vice President and COO

October 19, 2012

This morning the Board of Visitors voted to endorse my selection for executive vice president and chief operating officer of the University. I am pleased to tell you that Patrick D. Hogan will start his work in this important role on Oct. 25. As you may know, the EVP-COO works together with the provost to form the core of my senior leadership team. More.

George Martin elected first African-American vice rector of University's Board

September 17, 2012

I am very pleased to report to you that during its regular meeting last week the Board of Visitors unanimously selected George Keith Martin to become the University's vice rector. On July 1, 2013, he will step into the role of rector. More.

A Message from President Sullivan Regarding Election of University's Board Vice Rector

September 17, 2012

I am very pleased to report to you that during its regular meeting last week the Board of Visitors unanimously selected George Keith Martin to become the University's vice rector. On July 1, 2013, he will step into the role of rector. More.

President Sullivan Remarks at Faculty Meeting – "Opening Day Town Hall"

August 28, 2012

Thank you, George, and thank you all for being here. I understand that, in addition to the people here in the room, we have others watching online through live-streaming. So greetings to our colleagues out there in cyber-space! Thank you, too, for joining us. Download Full Text (PDF)

A Message from President Sullivan Regarding COO Transition

August 15, 2012

I write to provide information about our search for a new Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and about interim plans for reporting lines until the search is completed. More.

Statement from President Teresa A. Sullivan on the Resignation of Michael Strine

August 7, 2012

A statement from University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan: Michael Strine resigned his position as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, effective today. More.

A Message from President Sullivan to Parents of New Students

August 1, 2012

As you prepare to bring your son or daughter to Charlottesville later this month, I write to welcome you to the University family. In addition, I want to address the events that transpired here over the summer and to reassure you that UVa continues to offer a superb undergraduate education. More.

Nominations open for annual TJ Awards

July 17, 2012

The Thomas Jefferson Awards Committee is now soliciting nominations for the this year's awards. These are the highest honors given to members of our community. Nominees should be members of the community who best exemplify in character, work, and influence the principles and ideals of Thomas Jefferson, and thus have advanced the objectives for which Jefferson founded the University. More.

Comment by President Sullivan on Coursera announcement

July 17, 2012

I am pleased to have the University partner with Coursera because we have a shared understanding of the importance of strong teaching and of learning outcomes. Our faculty will also learn from this new teaching experience. These courses have the potential to open new opportunities for students around the globe, while also being likely to benefit our courses on Grounds. More.

Joint Statement From the Rector and President of the University of Virginia

July 16, 2012

This is an important moment in the history of our great University. Recent events have caused the respect that U.Va. generates to acquire a new level of energy, focusing widespread attention on our future. We are unequivocally united in the belief that the institution's future is brighter than ever. Together, we commit to harness this renewed energy to advance the University's leadership role in higher education.More.

Special message from President Teresa A. Sullivan

July 11, 2012

Two weeks ago I was reinstated as the eighth President of the University. I write today to tell you what I have been doing and my plans for going forward. More.

Statement from President Sullivan on board appointments

June 29, 2012

Governor McDonnell used great wisdom in appointing these members to the University's board, and I am grateful for his understanding of the challenges facing higher education. More.

Statement from Teresa A. Sullivan Addressing Those on the Lawn

June 26, 2012

Today the Board of Visitors has voted to reinstate me as the President of the University. I have asked Heywood Fralin, former Rector and senior member of the Board of Visitors, who introduced the resolution, to introduce me this afternoon. More.

Statement from Teresa A. Sullivan to the Board of Visitors

June 26, 2012

Madame Rector, Members of the Board:Thank you for renewing your confidence in me and once again giving me the opportunity to lead the University of Virginia. More.

Message from President Sullivan on Civility

June 21, 2012

Vigorous debate is one of the hallmarks of our university, and indeed of our nation. Freedom of speech is one of the great gifts ensured to us by Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and other Founders of the Republic. More.

Message from President Sullivan to the Board of Visitors

June 18, 2012

In 1816, our founder Thomas Jefferson said, "as new discoveries are made, new truth discovered and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times." More.

UVA Finals 2012: A Time to Celebrate and Remember

May 25, 2012

We enjoyed postcard-perfect weather in Charlottesville for graduation last weekend. Students and proud parents basked in the sunshine as we awarded 6,411 degrees to our graduating students. More.

Academic Strategy Memo from President Sullivan

May 3, 2012

I have now had my senior team in place for nearly an entire academic year, and I am writing to provide a personal perspective on strategic direction for the Academic Division at the University. More.

Statement from President Sulllivan on the Huguely trial

February 22, 2012

Prior to the trial of George Huguely, I said the University would withhold any comments until the trial had concluded. The jury now has rendered its verdict and a young man – a former member of our community – has been found guilty for the death of fellow student Yeardley Love. More.

A Commitment to All Employees

February 17, 2012

For the past several years, both students and faculty members in living wage organizations have delivered to the University various lists of demands regarding the compensation of our lowest-paid employees. More.

Building A Respectful Workplace

February 16, 2012

Shortly after the Day of Dialogue in the fall of 2010, I asked faculty and staff volunteers from across the University to serve on a Respectful Workplace Task Force that would look at the policies, structures, and resources necessary to support a culture of civility and respectful behavior at U.Va. More.

David Prior

February 2, 2012

I write to share the very sad news that David Prior, chancellor of the University of Virginia's College at Wise, passed away early this morning. More.

Re: Upcoming Trial

February 1, 2012

The trial of George Huguely will begin in Charlottesville Circuit Court on Monday, February 6. As the trial gets under way and the national spotlight focuses on our community once again, nearly two years after the death of Yeardley Love, the effort to create a caring community that we began with the Day of Dialogue will become more important than ever. More.

UVA President's Report 2010-2011

January 16, 2012

As we begin the new year, I invite you to read the U.Va. President's Report for 2010-11. More.

MLK Celebration

January 9, 2012

As we begin the new year, I invite you to participate in the 2012 Community MLK Celebration this month. Members of the University and Charlottesville communities will gather to pay tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and his message of justice, empowerment, equality, and peace. More.