Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO)

The University of Virginia seeks nominations and applications for the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). The next COO will join the University at a time of celebration and opportunity as it welcomes its ninth president, James E. Ryan, and begins the commemoration of its 200th year. From its inception, the University has been motivated by a grand ambition to develop citizen leaders in all fields of endeavor and to contribute to the common good in solving the most challenging issues of our time, in service of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. President-Elect Ryan shares this ambitious calling.

The University has a strong arts and sciences faculty, the full range of professional schools and a strong academic medical center. From its unique student experience focused on academic rigor, honor, student self-governance, and public service, the University has constructed an unusually strong culture, academically and personally, that has engendered great loyalty and has enabled it to build the financial resources that are essential for a great university. With its financial foundation and excellent location in an increasingly prosperous part of the country, UVA has an envious array of strategic possibilities. The president intends to use every resource available in the University to enhance this distinctive academic and intellectual culture for both students and faculty. The COO will be a vital member of the leadership team, a partner to the Provost, and the steward of resources that are essential for distinction.

Reporting to the President and working in close concert with the President, the Provost, the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, and the Board of Visitors, the COO is the University's chief administrative, business and operating officer. The COO, in conjunction with the Provost and EVP for Health Affairs, oversees the University's financial and administrative functions, including human resources, campus services, facilities, real estate, planning and project management, information technology, emergency preparedness and public safety. The COO is elected by the Board of Visitors on the nomination of the President and serves as an officer of the Board of Visitors.

The University of Virginia has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in strict confidence and should be directed to:

Ponneh Varho, Vice President and Managing Partner

Katherine Stellato, Associate

Anna Graulich, Associate

1300 19th Street, NW Suite 700

Washington, DC 20036


Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer strongly committed to diversity.