Woman Top Candidate as University of St. Thomas President, Source says

Updated: 02/11/2013 5:26 PM KSTP.com By: Maricella Miranda

A search committee has recommended a woman to become president of the University of St. Thomas, according to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal on Monday.

If approved by the university's Board of Trustees, it also would be the first time that the president wasn't a priest and was a woman, according to the university.

A Business Journal source, who asked not to be identified, said Julie Sullivan has been recommended as president.

Sullivan currently is executive vice president and provost at the University of San Diego. A message for Sullivan was not immediately returned Monday.

Jim Winterer, university spokesman, declined to say who the committee has recommended.

Winterer said the university wouldn't comment on the candidates until the Board of Trustees votes Thursday during a regular meeting, where the group plans to select a new president.

The university changed its bylaws in 2011, allowing for men and women to become president. However, the president must be a practicing Catholic.

Rev. Dennis Dease, 70, is the university's current president. He plans to retire in June after 22 years of service.

Sullivan has worked at the University of San Diego since 2005. A complete list of her credentials can be found on the university's website here.

Photo contributed by the University of San Diego.