The Sixteenth Hugh J. Clausen Lecture in Leadership

AuthorTeresa A. Sullivan
PositionEighth President of the University of Virginia
Thank you, General Miller, for your introduction. I’m grateful for
this opportunity to speak to you during your conference. For those of
you who have come from out of town, I hope you have enjoyed your
week in Charlottesville.
* Teresa A. Sullivan is the eighth President of the University of Virginia. She was elected
to the post on 11 January 2010 and assumed office on 1 August 2010. Prior to that,
President Sullivan served as the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic
Affairs at the University of Michigan. She was also Professor of Sociology in the
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. From 2002 to 2006, President Sullivan
served as Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the University of Texas
System. In that role, she was the Chief Academic Officer for the nine academic
campuses within the University of Texas System. President Sullivan first joined the
University of Texas at Austin in 1975 as an instructor and later became an assistant
professor in the Department of Sociology. From 1977 to 1981, she was a faculty member
at the University of Chicago. She returned to Texas in 1981 as a faculty member in
Sociology and was named to the Law School faculty in 1986. President Sullivan also
held several administrative positions at the University of Texas, including Vice President
and Graduate Dean (1995–2002), Vice Provost (1994–1995), Chair of the Department of
Sociology (1990–1992), and Director of Women’s Studies (1985–1987).
President Sullivan’s research focuses on labor force demography, with particular
emphasis on economic marginality and consumer debt. The author or co-author of six
books and more than fifty scholarly articles, her most recent work explores the question
of who files for bankruptcy and why. President Sullivan has served as chair of the U.S.
Census Advisory Committee and is a past secretary of the American Sociological
Association and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
A graduate of James Madison College at Michigan State University, Ms. Sullivan
received her doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Chicago.
1 This is an edited transcript of a lecture delivered on 7 October 2010 by President Teresa
A. Sullivan to attendees of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps’s World-Wide
Continuing Legal Education conference, members of the staff and faculty of The Judge
Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, their distinguished guests, and officers of
the 59th Judge Advocate Officer Graduate Course at The Judge Advocate General’s
Legal Center and School, Charlottesville, Virginia. The Clausen Lecture is named in
honor of Major General Hugh J. Clausen, who served as The Judge Advocate General
(TJAG), U.S. Army, from 1981 to 1985 and spent over thirty years in the U.S. Army
before retiring in 1985. His distinguished military career included assignments as the
Executive Officer of The Judge Advocate General; Staff Judge Advocate, III Corps and
Fort Hood, Texas; Commander, U.S. Army Legal Services Agency and Chief Judge, U.S.
Army Court of Military Review; The Assistant Judge Advocate General; and, finally,
TJAG. On his retirement from active duty, General Clausen served for a number of years
as the Vice President for Administration and Secretary to the Board of Visitors at
Clemson University.

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