Former University president Teresa Sullivan was named interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs for Michigan State University Monday. Sullivan will begin at MSU on Oct. 1 and serve through the end of the academic year, while MSU searches for a permanent candidate. An MSU alumna, Sullivan served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan from 2006 before joining U.Va. as president in 2010. At the University, Sullivan was the eighth president and first female president. Upon her retirement in Aug. 2018, she was succeeded by current president James Ryan. “Terry has a wealth of experience as a provost and previous university president and will help us tremendously as we weather through our changes at Michigan State as well as our search for a new provost,” said MSU President Samuel L. Stanley in a press release. “Her external view point, combined with the understanding of faculty and governance structures, is invaluable.” Before her selection as interim provost, Sullivan was selected as an adviser to the MSU Board of Trustees and presidential search committee as the university executes a nationwide search for its new president.