University president-elect Julie Sullivan will be the first layperson in St. Thomas’ history to head the university, but despite the shift in leadership, her promotion will leave the St. John’s Vianney Seminary and the St. Paul Seminary and School of Divinity unchanged.
University of San Diego provost Julie Sullivan was announced as St. Thomas’ first female and lay president-elect Thursday at a press conference in the Anderson Student Center.
University Affairs Editor Gabrielle Martinson sat down with Julie Sullivan to discuss the things to come at St. Thomas under her leadership.
Sullivan, 55, will serve as the university’s 15th president and will succeed the Rev. Dennis Dease. She will take office July 1.
Chief Photo Editor Rosie Murphy and Senior Photographer Rita Kovtun captured the moments while Julie Sullivan was announced as St. Thomas’ first female and lay president-elect Thursday.
If recommended to and approved by St. Thomas’ Board of Trustees as the university’s new president, Julie Sullivan will have to leave sunny San Diego and make four-season Minnesota her new home.
With Thursday’s decision on St. Thomas’ new president looming, the university’s faculty and staff gave their opinions on who will lead the institution.
The St. Thomas presidential search committee recommended Julie Sullivan to serve as the next university president, according to a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal report published Monday.