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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Julie Sullivan, USD Provost and Former Tax Prof, Named President of University of St. Thomas

SullivanJulie H. Sullivan, Executive Vice President and Provost of the University of San Diego (and former tax professor) has been named President of the University of St. Thomas. She is the first woman and the first lay person to serve as president of the University of St. Thomas in its 128-year history.

Sullivan thought about majors in actuarial science or pharmacy before she settled on accounting, and she still remembers her father’s words: “I don’t care what your major is in; you just better have a job when you finish.”

She planned to work as a public accountant, and after a six-month internship with what then was Ernst and Whinney, she concluded that she preferred tax accounting over auditing. She needed a master’s degree to work directly in tax accounting, so she continued her studies at Florida. ...

Sullivan began her academic career in 1983 at the University of Oklahoma, and four years later moved to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, to be a visiting professor for one year. She was hired as a tenure-track faculty member at the end of that year. During her 16 years at North Carolina, Sullivan became an Ernst and Young Distinguished Professor and served as co-director of the Center for Innovation and Learning, director of the Center for International Business Education and Research, associate dean of the master’s of accounting program and senior associate dean of the Kenan-Flagler Business School. She was interim dean of Kenan-Flagler in 2003, leading a $180 million capital campaign, when she moved to California and became a full professor in the Rady School of Management at the University of California-San Diego.

Dr. Sullivan is an internationally known scholar and educator in accounting and taxation. Her research and teaching focuses on issues related to accounting and financial reporting to shareholders and global tax planning. From 1998 to 2006, she served as a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, the leading nonprofit economic research organization in the United States.


(Hat Tip: Tom Figgatt.)

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