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Tom Sullivan, Former Provost and Dean, to Head U. Vermont

FEBRUARY 22, 2012—On July 15, 2012, E. Thomas Sullivan, former University senior vice president and provost and Law School dean, will take office as the 26th president of the University of Vermont (UVM), Burlington.

The UVM Board of Trustees' selection of Sullivan from among five finalists was announced this morning. In a UVM press release, Sullivan said, "I am very excited both personally and professionally about this tremendous opportunity."

Sullivan joined the Law School in 1995 as the eighth Dean and William S. Pattee Professor of Law. He served as dean for seven years. In 2002 he returned to full-time research and teaching, was named the Irving Younger Professor of Law, and was selected to receive the Stanley V. Kinyon Award for Excellence in Teaching.

From July 2004 through January 2012, Sullivan was Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of the University of Minnesota. He also has held the Julius E. Davis Chair in Law since 2005. He is currently a visiting faculty member at New York University Law School.

Before coming to the Law School, Sullivan was dean at the University of Arizona College of Law and a professor and associate dean at Washington University in St. Louis, as well as a research associate in its Center for Study of American Business. His teaching career began in 1979 at the University of Missouri.

After completing his J.D. magna cum laude in 1973 at Indiana University, he worked for a federal district judge and in the Attorney General’s Honors Program in the U.S. Department of Justice, then joined the Washington, D.C., office of Donovan, Newton, Leisure and Irvine as an antitrust litigator.

In 2003 the Minnesota Law Review published a tribute issue on Sullivan’s deanship (Vol. 88), and Antitrust Bulletin named its symposium issue (Vol. 48) after him.

Founded in 1791, the University of Vermont is located between the Adirondack and the Green mountains—thus its use of UVM (Universitas viridis montis, Latin for "University of the Green Mountains"). Graduate and undergraduate students total about 12,000, taught by about 1,475 full- and part-time faculty. The Burlington metro area is home to a population of about 150,000. Sullivan and his wife, Leslie, a 1977 graduate of UVM, plan to move to the area in July.