Sullivan Appointed Next President Of UVM

02/22/12 9:14AM

VPR/Kirk Carapezza
University of Vermont President elect Thomas Sullivan speaks with reporters in Burlington Wednesday.

(Host) The new president of the University of Vermont says he'll work closely with the political and business leadership in the state of Vermont to promote economic development.

The school announced this morning that Thomas Sullivan will take over leadership of the university on July 15th.

Sullivan has served as the provost of the University of Minnesota and as a law school dean. Sullivan was chosen from a field of five candidates and says he's the right person for the job:

(Sullivan) "UVM's mission and vision align very well with my own experiences values and aspirations. In so many ways the position of President of the University of Vermont is a natural progression and fit for me."

(Host) Sullivan says as president he'll champion the principles and values of the land grant university:

(Sullivan) "First, we will promote financial access and affordability for students at this university. Second, we will promote a rich curriculum that balances a first rate educational experience for our students from the theoretical to the practical applications of great new discoveries and ideas that promote the communities in Vermont and its citizens."

(Host) Sullivan says he'll also focus on developing research infrastructure to benefit the state, as well as promoting economic development and supporting workforce needs in Vermont.

 

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