Dr. Julie H. Sullivan

Dr. Julie H. Sullivan became the 15th president, and first layperson and woman to serve as president, of the University of St. Thomas on July 1, 2013.  With campuses in St. Paul and Minneapolis,

St. Thomas is a comprehensive university, grounded in the liberal arts and Catholic intellectual tradition; it enrolls more than 10,000 students.

Sullivan’s prior academic experience includes executive vice president and provost at University of San Diego from 2005 to 2013, and professor and administrator at the University of California, San Diego from 2003 to 2005 and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) from 1987 to 2003.  During her 16 years at UNC-CH’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, Sullivan served as the Ernst and Young Distinguished Professor, senior associate dean, and interim dean.

Sullivan is an innovative academic leader with a purpose.  She is passionate about learning and scholarship grounded in the needs of an ever-changing and more complex world. She is a champion for social innovation and has been a leader in the Ashoka Changemaker movement.  She also is known for her commitments to globalization and intercultural understanding.

As a scholar and educator, Sullivan is known nationally in the areas of taxation and accounting and was a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research from 1998 to 2006.  Her research and teaching have focused on issues related to corporate and global tax planning and financial reporting to shareholders.

Sullivan shares her financial and business strategy expertise with public and private companies as well as nonprofit organizations.  She currently is a board member of PICO Holdings, SI Group Inc. and SI Group – India and a member of the Minnesota Business Partnership and the Greater MSP Task Force on Workforce Development.

A native of Florida, Sullivan has three degrees from the University of Florida, including her Ph.D. in business.