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Ex-officio member of the Board upon becoming the 26th President of the University of Vermont, July 15, 2012. Born in Amboy, Illinois. He received his BA at Drake University in 1970. He graduated magna cum laude from law school at Indiana University in 1973, where he served as an editor on the Indiana Law Review. Prior to becoming President, Tom served as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Minnesota from 2004 - 2012. He served as the eighth dean of the University of Minnesota Law School from 1995 to 2002. Upon finishing his term as dean, he returned to full-time research and teaching. In June 2003, he received the J. William Elwin, Jr., Award from the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education for leadership and contributions to law school development. At the University of Minnesota Law School, he has received the Stanley V. Kinyon Teacher of the Year Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2005, he was appointed the Julius E. Davis Chair in Law. Tom Sullivan served for six years as dean of the University of Arizona College of Law and as associate dean at Washington University in St. Louis. He began his career in higher education as a faculty member at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Prior to his career in higher education, he worked for a federal judge, in Miami Florida, and thereafter was a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice in the Attorney General’s Honors Program. He was an antitrust litigator with the New York and Washington, D.C., firm of Donovan, Newton, Leisure and Irvine. Throughout his career he has continued to serve as a consultant, and a nationally recognized authority, on antitrust law, complex litigation and Federal Court matters and has published widely in these areas. He has published 11 books and over 50 articles. He was elected a Life Member of the America Law Institute and a Life Fellow of the America Bar Association. Tom is married to Leslie Black Sullivan who earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Vermont in 1977.