President Sullivan is overwhelmingly respected by UVa faculty, staff, and students. She is an outstanding academic leader and clear-minded administrator whose sudden departure has already been the scrutiny of public officials, administrators, and members of the media around the country.
The president of the Association of American Universities said of the abrupt and opaque decision, “This is the most egregious case I have ever seen of mismanagement by a governing board. It’s secretive, it’s misguided and based on the public statements, there’s no clear rationale.”
This petition joins the letter of the 33 Department Chairs and Program Directors of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences in urging the Board of Visitors to reopen discussion with President Sullivan and the faculty at UVa.