University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan, the first woman to lead U.Va., will resign in a mutual parting announced Sunday.
Sullivan will step down Aug. 15, two years after she succeeded John Casteen, who retired after 20 years as head of the university founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson. She is U.Va.’s eighth president.
“It’s been a great honor to serve as president of the University of Virginia,” Sullivan said in a statement. “Although the board and I have a philosophical difference of opinion, I will always treasure having had the opportunity to work with so many gifted faculty and staff, talented students and loyal alumni.” Rector Helen E. Dragas said the board had discussions over the past year with Sullivan about the importance of developing, articulating and acting on a clear strategic vision.
In a statement prepared for release at a news conference on campus Sunday, Dragas said Sullivan and the board agreed Saturday that she would step down. The university said they “mutually agreed” on her departure.