Teresa A. Sullivan became the University of Virginia’s eighth president on August 1, 2010. She came from the University of Michigan, where she had served as the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs since 2006. She was also professor of sociology in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
Prior to her work at the University of Michigan, Sullivan was executive vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University of Texas System from 2002 until 2006. In this role, she was the chief academic officer for the nine academic campuses within the University of Texas System. Her responsibilities included developing tuition-setting procedures, initiating and supporting educational and research collaborations among the various campuses, and developing external collaborations.
Sullivan is an expert on labor-force demography, with focus on economic marginality and consumer debt. She is the author or co-author of six books and more than 50 scholarly articles. She has served as chair of the U.S. Census Advisory Committee. She is past secretary of the American Sociological Association and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
A graduate of James Madison College at Michigan State University, Sullivan received her doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Chicago.