January 31, 2011
Preparations are finally underway to hold a formal inauguration ceremony for new University of Virginia President, Teresa A. Sullivan.
Sullivan spent the first seven months after she was named president of the University of Virginia in January 2010 learning as much as she could about the institution. Upon taking office Aug. 1, she immediately began work making a difference at the University.
Now, the University said in a statement released Monday, the time has come.
At 3pm on April 15, during Founder's Week, Sullivan will make history as she is formally inaugurated as UVa's eighth president, the first woman to hold the top job at the University.
"An inauguration is an important inflection point in the history of a university," Dr. Sullivan said. "It is a time for the community to look inward and to consider its future. It is not about an individual, but a celebration of an institution, its values and mission."
University Rector John O. Wynne said the inauguration represents renewal and change. "For a new president, it represents the official changing of the guard. It's a significant moment for all involved," he said.
The ceremony itself and five days of events are all designed around communities.
This marks U.Va.'s first inauguration in more than 20 years, since John T. Casteen III was formally installed as the University's seventh president in October 1990.
An official inaugural website, will be updated frequently with all of the latest information. Beginning in mid-February, members of the University community and greater community will be able to register for events – which will be free and open to the public.