James E. Ryan, a dean at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education will succeed current President Teresa Sullivan at The University of Virginia.
Ryan attended UVA’s law school where he graduated top of his class in 1992. He dedicated 15 years of experience to UVA before joining Harvard in 2013.
During his time at UVA, Ryan taught classes and conducted research on law education. He also directed the Program in Law and Public Service and served as the academic associate dean.
Ryan is known for his outspoken views on racism in public education. After the rallies in September at Charlottesville, the UVA community feels that Ryan will be able to handle the situation of racial inequality with competence and integrity.
The Board of Visitors decided unanimously that Ryan is the most qualified person for the job. “The University of Virginia has occupied a special place in my heart since the day I first stepped on Grounds.” Ryan said in a statement released by UVA. “Returning here to continue playing a role in the extraordinary work of this University community is deeply humbling and an opportunity that I will strive every day to honor.”
The ninth president takes office in October of 2018 when he will return to Charlottesville to begin a new venture and to fill the shoes of the first female president, Sullivan, who has impacted the University abundantly.