Another leadership change at the U of M: Provost Thomas Sullivan announced today that he will return to the faculty at the end of 2011. In a note to U faculty and staff, president Robert Bruininks said:

"With tremendous pride and a touch of sadness, I write to share news of another important transition in University leadership this year. My colleague and good friend Tom Sullivan has informed me of his intention to resign his appointment as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost of the University of Minnesota as of the end of the 2011 calendar year. The timing of this transition enables him to support Dr. Eric Kaler as he assumes the University presidency on July 1, 2011, and provides sufficient time to conduct a search for a new provost. Both President Designate Kaler and I are grateful to Senior Vice President Sullivan for graciously agreeing to remain in his current capacity through the end of 2011. At that time he will return to the Law School, where he served as dean from 1995 to 2002 and currently holds the Julius E. Davis Chair in Law."

In a release, Sullivan says: "With President [Robert] Bruininks returning to the faculty this year, it’s a good time for me to do the same."

The U will perform a national search for his replacement.