Julie Sullivan

University of St. Thomas

Julie Sullivan, the first female president of a Catholic college that was male-only until 1977, recently rolled out an aggressive $300 million, 10-year expansion plan for UST’s St. Paul campus. In addition to two new academic buildings, the plan includes 631 more parking stalls and 437 additional beds on campus, in an effort to prevent the university from overflowing into the neighborhood—a longstanding issue. Sullivan, who holds open office hours, will have a lot of listening to do in 2017 if her expansion plan is to pass muster with neighborhood groups.