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Dean Carl Zeithaml to Lead Search Committee for Leonard Sandridge Successor



UVA President Teresa Sullivan has selected McIntire Dean Carl Zeithaml to head the search committee charged with identifying and recommending a successor for Leonard W. Sandridge, the University’s long-time Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Sandridge has served as Executive Vice President and COO for more than 20 years. During that time, he gained a national reputation for the efficiency and effectiveness of the University’s operations. He led the University’s administrative operations at a time of unprecedented construction and economic challenges, and helped to ensure current financial stability and maintain coveted AAA bond ratings from all three major credit agencies.

“The breadth of Leonard’s portfolio almost surely exceeds that of any similar higher education official in the United States,” Sullivan said when she announced his retirement Aug. 2. “Indeed, it may be fairly said that there is no equivalent higher education official in the United States.”

Zeithaml said he is well aware of the trust that Sullivan is placing in him and the search committee. “Leonard set an extraordinary standard of excellence, service, integrity, and commitment by which all senior higher education leaders could be measured,” he said. “This search is one of the most important conducted at the University in many years.”

Despite the challenge of finding a successor to Sandridge, Zeithaml said he believes that the search committee has “a significant opportunity to recruit a terrific professional to work with President Sullivan in this role as the University enters the next chapter in its long history.”

Echoing that sentiment, Sullivan said, “I think we have succeeded in attracting a strong committee that represents the breadth and depth of University interests. As everyone knows, they will have their work cut out for them. But I am confident that they will do a thorough and thoughtful job.”

The COO, who is elected by the Board of Visitors on the nomination of the president, is responsible for supervision of the financial affairs of all colleges, schools, and divisions of the University and advises the board and the president on all financial matters affecting the University.

Duties also include oversight of buildings and grounds, the architect for the University, business and finance operations, human resources, public safety, institutional compliance including health and NCAA compliance, University-related foundations, and auxiliary enterprises, including the University of Virginia Medical Center. The COO also plays a key liaison role with the University’s College at Wise.

Sullivan is looking to Zeithaml and the 15 committee members to lead a robust search that will include candidates from within the University as well as from across the country. Both Sullivan and Zeithaml said they are confident that the University will attract an excellent candidate pool.

The committee, which held its first meeting Oct. 22, also includes McIntire’s Assistant Director for Employer Relations Peggy Ehrenberg. In addition to serving on the search committee, she chairs the Provost Employee Communication Council.

Visit UVA Today to learn more about the committee.

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