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Published on Oct 10, 2012
E. Thomas Sullivan was officially installed as the University of Vermont's 26th president at a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. in Ira Allen Chapel.
Before coming to UVM, Sullivan served for 15 years in leadership roles at the University of Minnesota - for eight as vice president for academic affairs and provost and seven as dean of the university's law school.
Several prominent Minnesotans spoke at the ceremony, including former Vice President Walter Mondale, an alumnus and benefactor of the University of Minnesota Law School who knows Sullivan well, University of Minnesota president emeritus Robert Bruininks, under whom Sullivan served, and award-winning poet, memoirist and MacArthur "Genius Award" winner Patricia Hampl, Regents Professor and McKnight Distinguished University Professor at the university.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Governor Peter Shumlin and UVM Board of Trustees Chair Robert Cioffi also spoke at the event.
In his installation address, President Sullivan presents his vision of the university's future and discuss the priorities and goals of his presidency.
"This event marks a special day in the life of the university, serving as the occasion to formally invest Tom Sullivan as the president," said Cioffi. "It also is an opportunity to reflect on our 221 year history as a university and to look forward with great anticipation and excitement to our future."