Thomas Sullivan steps down as provost at University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
February 3, 2011
University of Minnesota Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost E. Thomas Sullivan, will be stepping down from his position at the end of 2011, university officials announced today. Sullivan, who has held the position since July 2004, will be returning to the faculty of the Law School, where he’d previously served as dean.
“Serving as provost the past seven years has been a real privilege and pleasure,” said Sullivan, who is chief academic officer of the university’s Twin Cities campus. “We have transformed the academic profile of this university and all of our students, faculty and staff have reason to be proud. With President [Robert] Bruininks returning to the faculty this year, it’s a good time for me to do the same. I look forward to working with President-designate Kaler in this important transition time for the university.”
Bruininks added, “There is no one who has been a better partner in our work to improve the academic standing of the University of Minnesota than Tom Sullivan. From the historic strategic positioning work we undertook several years ago to the continued improvement in the graduation rates of our students, Tom has been a truly transformative leader for this institution. I’m deeply grateful for the central role he has played in my leadership team.”