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2013 Speeches

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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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President's Holiday Greeting

December 16, 2013

The holiday season is a time to gather with family and friends and to reflect on the blessings of the past year. All of us in the University of Virginia family are grateful for our connections to each other and to the University we cherish. More.

Message regarding University accreditation

December 10, 2013

As you may recall, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) placed the University of Virginia on "warning" in December 2012 for a period of one year, following its determination that U.Va. was not in compliance with Core Requirement 2.2 regarding board governance and Comprehensive Standard 3.7.5 regarding faculty role in governance of the organization's Principles of Accreditation. More.

Update regarding the strategic direction of the University

December 2, 2013

The Board of Visitors recently approved a revised U.Va. mission statement and the strategic direction for the University described in the Cornerstone Plan. More.

Message regarding Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts

November 12, 2013

Good afternoon. I’m delighted to join you for this 48th annual meeting of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences. You may have noticed in the program that the title of my remarks is: “Liberal Arts in the STEM Era.” This may give you the impression that you’re in for a long, ponderous lecture full of doomsday predictions about the fate of liberal-arts education. More.

“Liberal Arts in the STEM Era”

November 7, 2013

All of us are distressed and saddened by the death toll and widespread damage in the Philippines after last weekend's catastrophic Typhoon Haiyan. More.

“Leading an American Public University in the 21st Century”

Remarks to Delegation of Chinese University Presidents

October 30, 2013

Good morning, and welcome to the University of Virginia.Today I will speak about the challenges and opportunities of leading a U.S. public university in the 21st century. I will focus on three topics: 1) why public universities are important to the American people and its economy; 2) how they are changing in the 21st century; and, 3) how U.S. leaders are working to sustain and improve public universities. More.

Celebrate International Education Week and Attend U.Va.'s Passport Drive

October 29, 2013

The University's draft strategic plan emphasizes the significance of global experiences for our students, faculty, and staff. International Education Week, a global initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, directs national focus on the need to prepare American students for the global economy, and to attract the best and brightest students and scholars from other nations to the United States. More.

Federal government shutdown

October 1, 2013

As elected leaders in Washington search for solutions to the nation's budget impasse, the University's leadership will carefully monitor the federal government shutdown that has affected thousands in the capital and beyond. More.

Strategic Plan Update

September 18, 2013

As you know, we have been working together for more than a year to develop a new strategic plan to guide U.Va. in the years ahead. This process has involved thousands of people, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends. The level of involvement and the passion shown have inspired those involved in the effort. More.

President Sullivan Welcomes Students - Fall 2013

August 26, 2013

University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan welcomes incoming and transfer students at opening convocation. She lets students know they are joining a special place -- one in which they will take on a great deal of responsibility. She encourages students to make the most of their academic experience, to have fun, and to find ways to serve the University and surrounding community. More.

Dr. Richard P. Shannon Named U.Va. Executive Vice President for Health Affairs

August 14, 2013

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Richard Patrick Shannon is joining the University of Virginia as our Executive Vice President for Health Affairs. More.

Changes to AccessUVA Program

August 5, 2013

I write to inform you of a recent change to our AccessUVa financial-aid program and to offer details about what this means for current and future University students. On Saturday, the Board of Visitors voted to reauthorize AccessUVa, with a goal of protecting its most valuable features while placing it on a more sustainable financial path for the future. More.

Task Force Appointed to Review Security of Personal Information

July 23, 2013

Many of you are aware of a recent, inadvertent use of Social Security numbers belonging to approximately 18,700 U.Va. students. The event occurred during the mailing of a brochure containing information about the U.Va. Student Health Insurance Plan provided by Aetna Student Health. We regret that this happened, and I want to assure you that the University is taking immediate steps to mitigate the situation and to prevent a recurrence. More.

UVa’s Sense of Place - Past, Present, Future

June 8, 2013

Welcome, and thank you all for coming to Charlottesville for Reunions Weekend. I know that our alumni and their families have limited time and limited budgets for travel, so I’m grateful that you decided to spend this time with us. UVa alumni come to Reunions in great numbers, and your attraction to the University seems to grow over the years. The classes represented at this year’s Reunions — classes from 1968 to 2008 that end in 3s and 8s — have come back in stronger and stronger numbers for each successive Reunion gathering. Your attendance at your 2013 Reunions is about 25% larger than five years ago, and about 70% larger than 10 years ago. More.

Campaign Reaches $3 Billion Goal

May 20, 2013

During the University's Final Exercises on Sunday, I made an exciting announcement to thousands of students and families assembled on the Lawn, and today I want to share the same news with you. The Campaign for the University of Virginia has surpassed its $3 billion campaign goal. More.

Statement Regarding Hateful Speech on Beta Bridge

May 2, 2013

On the morning of Wednesday, May 1, a display of hate and bias was discovered painted on Beta Bridge. The individuals responsible for this derogatory message were trying to intimidate and isolate members of our University community. We reject this expression of hatred, and we stand by the University's commitment to promote an inclusive and welcoming environment that embraces the full spectrum of human attributes, perspectives, and disciplines. More.

Building a Cathedral: Leadership in American Higher Education

April 17, 2013

Good evening. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to deliver this year’s “Pat Jackson Lecture.” The lecture is named for a former PRSA President and one of the creative forces behind the Counselors to Higher Education professional-interest section. So it’s an honor for me to join the list of distinguished speakers who have addressed your group as part of this lecture series. More.

Honoring victims at Virginia Tech and Boston

April 16, 2013

To members of the University community: Gov. Robert McDonnell has issued a proclamation recognizing April 16 as Virginia Tech Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth. More

A Founder's Perspective: Today's UVa through Jefferson's Eyes

April 11, 2013

Over the next 30 minutes or so, I'd like you to join me in pondering the following question: "What would Thomas Jefferson think of the University of Virginia if he returned today?" What would he think of us, if he talked to students and faculty, strolled the Grounds, sat in on classes, visited our research labs and art studios? Would he be pleased? Astonished? Full Speech (pdf)

Richmond Bar Association (RBA) Lunch Meeting

March 21, 2013

Good afternoon, everyone. Craig: Thank you for the kind introduction. To get started, I’m curious to see how many of you are UVa alumni, or parents of current or former UVa students — can we have a show of hands? More

2012 President's Report

March 20, 2013

I write to share with you the 2012 President's Report, a comprehensive look at University activities over the past year as well as our plans for the years ahead. The report provides an overview of our work in three major sections: At a Glance, Shaping the Future, and Year in Review. More.

The Women's Center 27th Annual Leadership Conference: "The Power of Purpose"

March 9, 2013

First of all, thank you for that introduction, thank you for recognizing me today with your Leadership Award, and thank you for what you do in the Washington area to help women lead more vital and fulfilled lives.  You have assembled an exciting program today with an amazing audience. More

St. Paul’s Luncheon Speaker Series

February 15, 2013

Reverend Richardson, thank you for the introduction, and thank you for inviting me to participate in the St. Paul’s luncheon speaker series. I know that many of you here today have some connection to UVa — either as faculty, staff, or students, or as neighbors in the surrounding area. A common bond we share is that all of us are members of a close-knit community. More

Staying healthy during flu season

January 14, 2013

As the spring semester begins today, we find ourselves in the thick of flu season. The illness is widespread in many states, and a few states, including New York, have declared public health emergencies. Our students, faculty, and staff who have traveled near and far during the holidays will be returning to Charlottesville, and some will be carrying the flu virus as they return to the Grounds. More

Community MLK Celebration

January 10, 2013

As we begin the new year, I invite you to participate in the 2013 Community MLK Celebration in January and early February. 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