Terry Sullivan, the first female president of the University of Virginia and only the eighth president in the 193-year history of the institution, was abruptly fired this past weekend by the Rector and Board of Visitors after only two years of service despite a plethora of positive reviews and support from students, faculty, staff, alumni, state and federal officials.
Dr. Sullivan is a highly respected educator of national stature. As reasons for her termination, a statement from the Rector and Board faults Sullivan’s administration for a culture of “incremental, marginal change” and claims the institution needs a leader more adaptable to “the realities of the external environment.” These arguments do not justify depriving the nation's first public university of a superior leader like Terry Sullivan. She must be reinstated immediately.
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