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Timothy J. Sullivan papers

Identifier: UA 2.19

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Scope and Contents

Collection contains papers belonging to Timothy J. Sullivan. Materials include those from the Board of Education, Sullivan's memorandum from the governor's office, and material from Sullivan's participation in the Governor's Task Force on Substance Abuse and Sexual Assault.


  • Creation: 1981-1992


Conditions Governing Access:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Timothy Jackson Sullivan was born on April 15, 1944. He attended William & Mary in 1962 and graduated in 1966 with a Bachelors degree in government, a Phi Beta Kappa key, and membership in Omicron Delta Kappa. After receiving a law degree from Harvard University in 1969, Sullivan served in the Army Signal Corps during the Vietnam War. He received the Army Commendation Medal, First Oak Leaf Cluster and Bronze Star as a result of his services.

Sullivan returned to William & Mary in 1972 as an assistant professor at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law where he specialized in teaching contract law. He became an associate law professor in 1974, then full professor and associate dean in 1977. From 1981-1982, he was the visiting law professor at the University of Virginia School of Law. He served for nearly three years as the executive assistant of policy for then Governor Charles S. Robb. Sullivan returned to Marshall-Wythe in 1984, as the John Stewart Bryan Professor of Jurisprudence. He became dean of the law school in July 1985. He is a member of the Virginia and Ohio State Bar as well as a Fellow of the Virginia Bar Foundation and the American Bar Foundation. He also served as Chair of the Governing Board, Council of Presidents.

Sullivan was elected president of William & Mary on April 9, 1992 by the Board of Visitors and was sworn in as president on June 1, eight months before the college began its 300th anniversary celebration. Sullivan served as president until June 30, 2005.


5.42 Linear Feet (13 Hollinger boxes)




The collection is arranged into three series: Series I. Governor's Office papers, Series II. Board of Education papers and Series III. Corespondence.

Acquisition Information:

Accession 2005.25 was a gift of Timothy Sullivan on 10/19/2005. Accession 2008. 138 was received 9/2005. Acquisition information for material received after 7/13/2009 is available by consulting a Special Collections Research Center staff member.

Related Materials:

The records of Sullivan's tenure as President of William & Mary are in the records of the Office of the President, Timothy J. Sullivan Records (UA 2.18). In accession 1993.14, three videotapes of Sullivan's inauguration, were added to the Videotape Collection. Additional audio, visual, and publications are available in other University Archives collections. Consult a staff member for further details.

Processing Information:

Accession 2005.25 was accessioned in 2005 by Stacy Gould. Accession 2008. 138 was accessioned from the backlog 12/11/2008 by Amy Schindler. Collection reprocessed in 2024.

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