The Virginia General Assembly: Block the Confirmation of Helen Dragas
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The Virginia General Assembly: Block the Confirmation of Helen Dragas

    1. Suzie McCarthy
    2. Petition by

      Suzie McCarthy

      Charlottesville, VA

On June 9th, Rector Helen Dragas asked UVA President Theresa Sullivan to resign. Emails obtained through FOIA requests clearly demonstrate that this was a unilateral decision made by Rector Helen Dragas and former Vice Rector Mark Kington. At no point did they consult with members of the UVA faculty nor did they convene a general BOV meeting. These actions plunged UVA into a tumultuous 17 day period of crisis during which faculty resigned, prospective students withdrew, and the reputation of the University was publicly questioned.
Despite the BOV's decision to reinstate President Sullivan, the decision of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to place UVA on warning based on the events of June demonstrates that Rector Dragas' actions continue to impact UVA as an institution.
In the months since the June 26th reinstatement of President Sullivan, Rector Dragas has refused to give any explanation for her actions. She has also made no attempt to reach out to the UVA community.
The shameful events of June 2012 continues to poison the relationship between the BOV and the University community. The continued presence of Helen Dragas within the UVA Board of Visitors represents a stumbling block to all attempts to reestablish trust.
We formally request that you vote against the confirmation of Helen Dragas when the General Assembly reconvenes in January.

Sincerely,
Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, Friends, and Family United for UVA

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    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. Response by Senator Janet Howell

      Suzie McCarthy
      Petition Organizer

      "One of the responsibilities of the legislature is to confirm appointments by the Governor. As the ranking member of the Privileges and Elections Committee, I have a heightened responsibility. My usual approach is to support any governor's selections unless the appointee has a conflict of interest or refuses to fill out required paperwork.

      [...] On December 3, I met personally with Ms. Dragas. We had a frank conversation. It is my conclusion that she does not comprehend the damage done to the University of Virginia, nor does she accept responsibility beyond having poorly managed the President's removal.

      As a result of these factors, it is my intention to vote against Helen Dragas' confirmation to the Board of Visitors and to move for a recorded vote by the Privileges and Elections Committee and the entire Senate."

      Janet Howell
      Senator
      32nd District
      (for the full version go here: http://www.facebook.com/United4Honor)

    3. Decision-maker Janet Howell responds:

      Janet Howell

      One of the responsibilities of the legislature is to confirm appointments by the Governor. As the ranking member of the Privileges and Elections Committee, I have a heightened responsibility. My usual approach is to support any governo...


    4. Reached 1,500 signatures
    5. SACS Warning Not a Big Deal to UVA Rector Helen Dragas

      Suzie McCarthy
      Petition Organizer

      "Last week UVa was put "on warning" by an accreditation agency, and they said that warning was because of Dragas' actions.
      Dragas doesn't see it as a huge deal.
      "Of course I'm disappointed, but warning is the lowest level of SACS oversight."
      Please share this petition widely. There is credible information that Dragas' supporters will try to push for her confirmation on January 9th- before there is time for debate within the General Assembly. It is up to the UVA community to create a big enough uproar that our elected officials feel that they must debate it.

      Dragas Reponds To Petition Against Her

      Conditions at Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport, VA Conditions at Louisa County / Freeman Field Airport, VA Conditions at Orange County Airport, VA Dragas Reponds To Petition Against Her December 14, 2012 Helen Dragas is responding to a petition that is asking for her to be removed from the UVa Board of Visitors.

    6. Response by Senator Dave Marsden

      Suzie McCarthy
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all for contacting me regarding this issue. I have written the Governor a letter asking that he not re-appoint Helen Dragas in the weeks after this became public. Regardless of her intent, it is now very clear that procedurally this was handled very badly in a conspiratorial fashion. The lack of transparency and the lack of fundamental fairness to Doctor Sullivan cannot be remedied unless Rector Dragas steps down or is not approved for re-appointment in the General Assembly. It is my hope that like Mr. Kington, she will do the right thing and resign. However it is my intent to vote against her re-appointment in the legislature.

      Best Regards,
      Senator Dave Marsden
      District 37
      Senate of Virginia

    7. Decision-maker David Marsden responds:

      David Marsden

      Thank you all for contacting me regarding this issue. I have written the Governor a letter asking that he not re-appoint Helen Dragas in the weeks after this became public. Regardless of her intent, it is now very clear that procedurally ...


    8. Reached 1,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Laurent Sauvage HERNDON, VA
      • 9 months ago

      My daughter has been accepted to UVA EA 2018. We are following closely the governance issues and accreditation of UVA.

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    • Jeffrey Leach FAIRFAX, VA
      • about 1 year ago

      I value transparency, consensus decision-making, and the reputation of UVA.

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    • Kathleen Baireuther AUSTIN, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      Helen Dragas is an ineffective leader who has embarrassed our school and negatively affected its reputation.

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    • Mary Agnes Johnson GORDONSVILLE, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      UVa '85

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    • John Kendall EARLYSVILLE, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      I love this school with all of my heart! I sure don't want her to tarnish this great school's reputation anymore. SHE MUST GO!

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