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UVA President Focuses on 'New Revolution' During Inauguration

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Teresa Sullivan, the University of Virginia's 8th president was sworn in Friday on grounds Teresa Sullivan, the University of Virginia's 8th president was sworn in Friday on grounds

Teresa Sullivan, the University of Virginia's 8th president was sworn in Friday on grounds. After eight months on the job, Sullivan says it's time to get students ready to take on the challenges of the 21st century.

In her inaugural address Teresa Sullivan concentrated on what she calls "the new revolution". She says it's one of knowledge that is playing out right now. 

Sullivan took the oath of office Friday afternoon in front of Cabell Hall. There was a lot of pomp and circumstance ahead of the ceremony, including a long procession of students and faculty.

In her 19 page long speech she focused on the future of UVA and how to deal with the a number of new challenges. The key ones are economics, politics and philosophy.

"In this new revolution, technological advances have obliterated barriers to information-sharing, made distance largely irrelevant, and opened new pathways to collaboration across disciplines. The pace of discovery and the pace of disseminating information have quickened beyond anything Mr. Jefferson could have imagined."

Governor Bob McDonnell also spoke at the ceremony. Football star Tiki Barber was also in the audience for the event.

A reception followed the ceremony near the chapel on grounds. On Saturday, there will be a Cavalier Day of Service and an inaugural walk is set for Sunday.

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