Minn. Lawyer And Academic New U Of Vt. President

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Incoming President E. Thomas Sullivan said Wednesday in his introduction to the University of Vermont -- and the state -- that finding enough money to ensure the school can provide a high-quality education at a reasonable price and making the campus more international are among his top priorities.

Sullivan is a lawyer and a former vice president and provost from the University of Minnesota. He was chosen earlier this month to the president's post by the UVM Board of Trustees, and takes office July 15.

Sullivan's appointment comes at a time when academics throughout the country are struggling with the competing demands of providing a quality education with dwindling resources.

He said at a meeting on the Burlington campus that a university needs talented faculty and staff to be able to attract talented students and advance knowledge.

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