Speeches and Writings

April 9, 2016

The theme for this annual meeting is “Rekindling the Promise and Purpose of the Presidency.” For all of the hard-working presidents and chancellors gathered this weekend, this theme can serve as an inspirational rallying cry.

But to say that the university presidency needs “rekindling” is to imply something else — that some of the fire may have gone out of higher education leadership in America.

Is this true? And if it is true, what could be the cause?

March 30, 2016

I’m aware that this class has been using the Global Trends 2030 report as a framework for thinking about U.S. policymaking over the next 15 years. So today, we’re going to talk about U.S. higher education and how it might evolve over the next decade or so, by posing several questions:

  • What will be the most pressing public-policy issues for colleges and universities over the next several years?

  • What demographic changes will shape higher education during that period, and how should public policies address those changes?

December 21, 2015

At the time of this writing, in early October 2015, we are only two years from the beginning of UVA’s bicentennial. Our celebration will start with a major public event on the Lawn on Oct. 6, 2017, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the laying of the University’s cornerstone. Just as that original cornerstone provided the foundation for the University’s first building at Pavilion VII, the Cornerstone Plan is creating a solid foundation for the University’s future as we approach our third century.

December 4, 2015

I want to thank Grace Mason and Rachel Kappel for inviting me to speak to you today. I’m also grateful to Pi Beta Phi and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life for sponsoring this event. I’m pleased to see so many members of Pi Beta Phi and other sororities here this afternoon. Thank you all for coming.

November 12, 2015

I have some comments about the value of university research and its impact on economic growth. University-based research has been the primary engine of American economic growth since World War II; it has created new jobs, improved health care, and led to production of new technologies, new products, and entirely new industries. 

I will share a few examples that involve UVA.

October 24, 2015

Welcome and Introduction

Good morning. I’m Teresa Sullivan, and I have the honor to serve as president of UVA.

Many of you were here on Opening Weekend, especially parents of first-year students.  If this is your first visit to the Grounds this fall, welcome! I hope all of you are having a great weekend in Charlottesville.

I want to thank the a capella group ReMix for providing the musical entertainment this morning.

October 15, 2015

Sixty-two years ago, two scientists came up with a great idea. The men were named James Watson and Francis Crick, and they developed the idea that the structure of DNA looks like a twisted ladder — a three-dimensional double-helix.

This idea was a game-changer. For years, scientists had struggled with the question of how DNA was constructed and how it stored genetic information. The double-helix solved the dilemma.

September 27, 2015

The Necessity of Global Perspective

Higher education leaders need to prepare the current generation of college students to thrive in today’s global economy. In order to thrive, these students need to gain a global perspective by making personal connections with students and faculty across national lines.

September 21, 2015

To the University Community:

As you may be aware, UVA is one of more than 130 institutions under review by the US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) regarding compliance with Title IX requirements on sexual assault. That review concluded today with the issuance of OCR's findings regarding UVA and the University's signing of a resolution agreement.

September 21, 2015

Given today’s hypercompetitive global job market, students and parents often express anxiety about what lies beyond the college degree. At UVA, we are taking decisive steps to ensure that our students leave the Grounds with both a great education and sound preparation for success in the workforce.

August 23, 2015

Greetings and Introduction of the Class

To all of the new Wahoos gathered here this evening: welcome to the University of Virginia!

Whether you are coming to UVa from high school, or entering as a transfer student, your hard work and excellent academic performance have brought you to this moment. Each one of you earned it. My colleagues and I congratulate you, as you take your well-earned place in this community. 

August 21, 2015

Greetings and Welcome

Good afternoon. I’m Teresa Sullivan, and I have the honor to serve as president of the University of Virginia.

I want to thank the Sil’hooettes for performing for us.  This is just one of many a cappella groups on Grounds. If your son or daughter enjoys singing and performing, he or she may want to audition to join one of these groups. Information about them is available on the University web site.

August 12, 2015

Dear New UVa Student:

I write to welcome you to the University of Virginia. In just a few days, you will join a community that has high standards for academic rigor, integrity, trust, and respect for others. By choosing UVa, you have embraced these values along with us, and we look forward with great excitement to your arrival.

June 21, 2015

At the time of this writing, we are preparing the Grounds for the University’s most joyous occasion, the Final Exercises that mark the end of the academic year and the beginning of a new chapter in the lives of our graduating students. In spite of the challenges we have faced, this academic year has been exciting because we have seen the strategies that we identified in the Cornerstone Plan begin to come alive in our University.

April 9, 2015

“Sustaining a Leadership Culture”

Good afternoon. It’s a great honor to come to Harvard University to speak at the distinguished Askwith Forum. I’m grateful to Dean Ryan, Judy McLaughlin, and their colleagues in the Graduate School of Education for inviting me to be here today, and thank you all for coming.

My remarks will be divided essentially into two parts.

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