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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WUSA) -- The University of Virginia will have to find another chief operating officer.

University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan released a statement on Tuesday, which read:

"Michael Strine resigned his position as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, effective today.

Michael has had great enthusiasm for strategizing and implementing change and I have appreciated his energy and assistance during the past year.

Michael recently determined that it would be in the best interest of the University that he step down and allow me to do some necessary internal restructuring. As Michael expressed to me: "In all my work here, I focused on working with our leadership across the University to help serve students, patients, faculty and communities across the Commonwealth. Though it is hard to step aside, I am confident that this step helps the University and those it serves by allowing this Board and President the opportunity to pursue changes aimed at ensuring communication, accountability and shared governance."

I have accepted Michael's resignation with gratitude for his contributions and dedication to the University. I know that his leadership skills and commitment to higher education will bring him success in his future pursuits.

The University is in strong financial standing, and maintains its triple-A bond rating from all three of the rating agencies. We also have extraordinary depth in all of our financial offices. I feel confident that we will not skip a beat while we begin a national search for a new financial leader."


Strine was named to the position in May 2011 and started serving in that capacity in July 1. According to a press release from UVA, his major responsibilities included:

  • Serving as a financial and business partner and adviser to the president, provost, Board of Visitors, vice presidents and deans.
  • Leading all phases of U.Va.'s financial and capital planning and budgeting processes, including the implementation of a responsibility-based budgeting paradigm.
  • Collaborating with the provost to develop and adopt a new funding model for the University that recognizes likely changes in state funding levels, research support, philanthropic giving and investment returns.
  • Driving the development of financial and operational policies and procedures that integrate space, fiscal and human resource considerations to advance U.Va.'s instructional, research and public service missions, including clinical care.
  • Enhancing the customer service culture within the financial and operational functions of the University, ensuring that internal "customers" and external stakeholders view centralized services as responsive and value-added and with a focus on improving the undergraduate experience.
  • Collaborating with the vice president and CEO of the Medical Center and the vice president and dean of the School of Medicine to lead further improvement of clinical services.
  • Collaborating with the provost and the president to establish a set of longer-term strategic priorities for 2011-15, including the response to the state's priorities from the Governor's Commission on Higher Education.
  • Ensuring that U.Va.'s financial, capital and operational resources are deployed with integrity and aligned with the University's goals.