CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.- The University of Virginia Board of Visitors voted unanimously today to extend the five-year contract of President Teresa A. Sullivan for a sixth year.
Sullivan's contract will now run through July 31, 2016. This is the only term that has been altered in the contract.
Rector Helen E. Dragas asked for the motion to be put forward at the conclusion of the board's three-day meeting this week.
"The president and her administration have been vigorously addressing many of the vexing questions that face the University and all of higher education," Dragas said in a press release from the University. "Despite what you may read or hear elsewhere, this board and this administration are working hard on exactly the things that demand our attention."
Vice Rector George K. Martin made the motion to extend Sullivan's contract. "I strongly believe that we have a great president in Terry Sullivan," he said. "She has clearly done an excellent job of leading our University and engaging faculty, students, parents, and alumni. Our University community has confidence in her and has trust in her.
After the vote, President Sullivan expressed her gratitude for the contract extension and for the vote of confidence it represents. "This extension will allow us to take a longer view as we continue working together to plan the University's future," she said.