Dr. Julie H. Sullivan

Dr. Julie H. Sullivan became the first layperson and the first woman to serve as president of the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota on July 1, 2013.

Sullivan came to St. Thomas from the University of San Diego, where she was executive vice president and provost since 2005. She previously taught or was an administrator at the University of California, San Diego, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Oklahoma.

Sullivan is an internationally known scholar and educator in accounting and taxation. Her research and teaching have focused on issues related to accounting and financial reporting to shareholders and global tax planning. She has held numerous professional leadership positions in organizations such as the American Accounting Association and is a past member of the editorial boards of four internationally known tax and accounting journals. She also serves on several public and private company, as well as non-profit, boards.

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

She and her husband, Robert, have four children and three grandchildren. He is founding dean of the Rady School of Management at the University of California, San Diego.

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