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Email from Arts & Sciences Dean Meredith Woo

June 11, 2012 — By now many of you will have heard that President Sullivan will be stepping down as U.Va.’s president on August 15. Below are links to the Board of Visitors announcement and the remarks of Rector Helen Dragas at yesterday’s meeting with the University’s Vice Presidents and Deans.

I know I speak for many of you in expressing my gratitude and admiration for President Sullivan's work over the last two years. She has engaged all aspects of the University and has been a ubiquitous presence on Grounds. Her leadership has touched the lives of our students, faculty, staff and alumni. As a faculty member in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, she has always had a soft spot in her heart for us, and has been naturally supportive of our efforts. I will miss working with her.

Transitions like this can be unsettling. They can also be catalysts for reflection, renewal and reinvigoration. I trust in the wisdom of the Board of Visitors which is unequivocally resolved to swift and bold action to ensure that the University remains in the top echelon of universities well into the 21st century and beyond.

The College is a community that brings together brilliant talents to create new ideas, to find solutions to complex problems, and, most important, to provide the kind of profound educational experience our students expect and deserve. That will not change. With the support of our alumni, parents, friends and volunteers, I know we will stay focused on our mission and our work. I assure you that the College will continue on its ambitious course toward excellence in academics and the extraordinary student experience for which we are so well known.

I would be happy to address your questions or concerns. In the meantime, I thank you for your continued interest in and support of the College.


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