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Leading us into our
Third Century

As the University of Virginia enters its third century, it seeks an extraordinary leader to advance its founding mission: to be the “future bulwark of the human mind in this hemisphere.” Since 1819, the University has fulfilled this mission in many ways. Today we stand ready to continue our pursuit of this worthy goal, and take our place among the world’s most important universities.

Our ninth president must share this ambition, and possess the talent and experience to build a shared strategy to achieve it. This site contains information about this search, including the position description, the search process, the University and its leadership, and how the community can participate in the process.

Search Process Phases

Phase I

Prepare for Search

  • President Sullivan Announces Intention to Retire from Presidency
  • Board of Visitors Establishes Special Committee on the Nomination of a President
  • Develop Draft Presidential Profile
  • Determine Roles, Responsibilities & Process For Special Committee

Phase II-III

Gather Information & Develop Profile

  • Select Search Firm
  • Solicit Input from University Community
  • Interview Deans & Vice Presidents
  • Host Open Forums
  • Outreach to UVA & Commonwealth Constituencies
  • Host Luncheons with Former BOV Members
  • Develop Final Presidential Profile
  • Draft Questions to Probe Areas of Interest
  • Develop Candidate Assessment Process

Phase IV

Recruit, Review & Evaluate

  • Identify Candidates through Initial Screening
  • Conduct Candidate Interviews
  • Identify Finalists for Consideration by Board of Visitors

Phase V-VI

Select & Assimilate New President

  • Convene Board of Visitors to Consider Nominations
  • Convene Board of Visitors to Elect Next President
  • Develop Framework for Collaboration Between President and Board of Visitors

News and Updates

UVA to Host Presidential Search Public Forum on April 21

The forum, which will be streamed online, is an opportunity for students, faculty, alumni, staff and members of the public to participate in the search for UVA’s ninth president. More >

New Website Engages Community in Search Process for UVA’s 9th President

As part of the search process for the University’s ninth president, the Board of Visitors has launched a comprehensive website to receive input from the public about the qualifications, experience and traits the ideal leader should possess. More >

UVA Announces Presidential Search Committee

A special committee charged with seeking and recommending a candidate to the University of Virginia Board of Visitors to be the ninth president of the University has been established as required by the board’s manual, Rector William H. Goodwin Jr. announced today. More >

UVA Board of Visitors to Begin Organizing Presidential Search

UVA President Teresa A. Sullivan announces she has asked the Board of Visitors to begin a search process that will determine her successor. More >