E. Thomas Sullivan
Burlington E. Thomas Sullivan will be officially installed as the University of Vermont’s 26th president at a ceremony to be held Oct. 5, at 1:30 p.m., in Ira Allen Chapel.
Guests must have a ticket and are asked to be seated in the chapel by 1 p.m. to make way for an academic procession that will precede the ceremony. The procession will be simulcast on monitors inside the chapel. Tickets for the event are no longer available.
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 and several prominent Minnesotans will speak about the president at the ceremony.
They include 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 U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Gov. Peter Shumlin and UVM board of trustees chairman Robert Cioffi will also speak at the event.
In his installation address, Sullivan will present 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 211 year history as a university and to look forward with great anticipation and excitement to our future."