President Julie Sullivan and Father Chris Collins.
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In the News: President Julie Sullivan to Leave for Santa Clara University

University President Julie Sullivan
President Julie Sullivan and Executive Vice President and Provost Eddy Rojas speak together during the broadcast of the State of the University on Feb. 15.

After nine years, St. Thomas President Julie Sullivan announced on March 1 that she will be stepping down from her role at the end of the academic year. She will become the president of Santa Clara University.

Sullivan was the first female and first layperson to be named president at St. Thomas, and she will be the first female and first layperson to serve as president at Santa Clara University as well. Since her start in 2013, St. Thomas has made the move to Division I athletics, launched the two-year Dougherty Family College and funded the Morrison Family College of Health.

Pat Ryan, chair of the St. Thomas Board of Trustees, told the Star Tribune, "She succeeded in elevating St. Thomas, building a team of strong leaders, and implementing several transformational priorities during her tenure."

Sullivan's announcement has been covered by several media outlets including the Star Tribune, the Pioneer Press, Twin Cities Business magazine and MPR News.