The University of Virginia has hired a new chief operating officer, Patrick D. Hogan, and taken a major step toward rebuilding the president’s senior leadership team after a tumultuous summer.
Hogan is a business executive who worked for Ernst &Young for more than three decades and oversaw the company’s global quality and risk management. Hogan is a longtime member of the U-Va. commerce school’s advisory board, and last year he was appointed to the university’s Medical Center Operating Board.
Hogan, 60, will be paid $450,000 per year and receive a $75,000 signing bonus, according to his five-year contract. He is set to start on Oct. 25. His hire was approved by the U-Va. Board of Visitors during a Friday morning meeting called for just that purpose, along with an hour-long closed door meeting.
“Among the people who know him and have worked with him here at UVA, he is known as a person of loyalty and a committed team player,” U-Va. President Teresa Sullivan said in introducing Hogan to the media Friday morning. “I look forward to working with a person whose professional abilities and personal qualities are equally superb.”
Hogan arrives at the university at a time of tension. His predecessor, Michael Strine, held the job for just 13 months before resigning in August amid accusations that he had played a role in a failed ouster of Sullivan. E-mails released by the university showed frequent and friendly communication between Strine and the governing board leader, Helen Dragas, who is credited with organizing the ouster.
Strine received a severance package of $847,308. That included 18 months of pay, plus six months of pay for his wife, Sharon Strine, who worked in marketing and also resigned, according to an agreement released by the university. Strine’s annual salary was $450,000.
As the chief operating officer and an executive vice president, Hogan will oversee the university’s financial affairs and help lead budgeting and planning. Dragas, leader of the board, said that she is “very enthusiastic” about Hogan joining the university leadership team.
As the board unanimously approved Hogan’s hire, four student protesters stood in the historic meeting room in the Rotunda holding signs that read: “Restore our integrity” and “The crisis isn’t over.”
Hogan acknowledged during a news conference that he is arriving at the university at a tense time. Hogan said he will report directly to Sullivan, and he plans to quickly “cultivate and build strong relationships.”
“Teamwork has always been a very, very important core value of mine,” Hogan said. “Teamwork, trust and transparency have been really important to me. They’ve always served me well in my career.”
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