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Appointment of Donna Price Henry as College at Wise chancellor

December 7, 2012

To the University community:

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.

This morning I met with members of the Board of Visitors, the U.Va.-Wise Board, and our leadership in Wise to introduce Donna to the community.

This is a great day for the College at Wise and for U.Va. Those of us in Charlottesville and those in Wise share common interests, common commitments, and common hopes for the future. We are excited to have Donna joining our team.

She is an accomplished administrator who has spent the past 16 years in a variety of administrative and instructional roles at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), a young and fast-growing public university located in Fort Myers, Fla.

Her work there quickly attracted the attention of the chancellor search committee, and helped convince the committee and me that she is the right person to serve as the eighth chancellor at Wise.

We've seen the College grow quickly in recent years in its student enrollment, its physical plant, curricular development, and athletics.

Donna Henry has a proven track record in all of those areas. She has demonstrated an ability to forge partnerships with the community and has crafted research partnerships that benefit both FGCU and local businesses. She also created new ways for the faculty there to have a strong voice in governance.

As you know, Donna's appointment follows the seven-year tenure of David J. Prior, who died unexpectedly in February. David was a superb chancellor, and led the College through this period of extraordinary growth. He also built a strong organizational structure in the College. This means the College has a strong, energetic leadership team that is well prepared to carry on the work that lies ahead.

And now we have Donna Price Henry to lead the College into its next period of growth. Donna has the right mix of practical skills and the intangible qualities of leadership. She is the ideal person to build on the momentum that David built, and take the College to even higher levels of achievement.

Join me in welcoming Donna and her husband, Allen, and their twin daughters, Jessie and Margaret, to the University community.

Teresa A. Sullivan