Robert O'Neill

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Robert M. O'Neill

6th President of the University of Virginia
Preceded by Frank L. Hereford Jr.
Succeeded by John Casteen III

Biographical Information

Alma mater Harvard University
Profession President of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression
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Robert Marchant O'Neill is the 6th president of the University of Virginia and a former president of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression. He served from 1985 to 1990. Prior to joining UVa, he served as president of Wisconsin's university system. [1] At the beginning of his tenure, he had predicted enrollment at UVA would remain steady at around 16,000. [2]

O'Neill retired from the Center on May 1, 2011.[1]

He died on September 30, 2018. [3] [4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Web. O'Neil left mark on area through UVa, center work, Bryan McKenzie, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, July 23, 2011, retrieved July 25, 2011.
  2. Print: Elements, Election Top News, Daniel W. Lehman, Daily Progress, Worrell Newspaper group January 1, 1986, Page A10.
  3. Web. University Community Remembers UVa's Sixth President, Robert M. O'Neil, Caroline Newman, Obituary
  4. Web. Muzzled: Free speech wall creator shuts down, Lisa Provence, News Article, C-Ville Weekly, Charlottesville, VA, July 10, 2019, retrieved March 27, 2021.

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