Reinstate Teresa Sullivan as President of the University of Virginia

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Kibra Yohannes
9 years ago
Arlyn Newcomb stated is best "This decision looks more and more like an illegitimate coup d'etat by special interests. It is the true existential threat to the University." I echo and amplify the sentiment.

Kibra A. Yohannes
CLAS '98

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Audrey Bilger
9 years ago
Because I care about the future of the University of Virginia and believe that Dr. Sullivan has U.Va.'s best interests at heart.

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Jonathan Moore
9 years ago
The voices of three are a coup, the voices of thousands are a mandate.

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Don Patterson
9 years ago
Because the style, motives, and process were all wrong. The first thing a board should do is sit down with a chief executive and share their issues, then the issues should be debated publicly among all the stakeholders. The BOV delivered a Coup as if they were the Egyptian military or the generals in a banana republic. They did what they did because they had the power to do it, not because what they did was right. Sullivan should be restored to office as part of the process of raising issues as they should be raised. The treatment she has received was unworthy of the university, and because the board has not known better how to handle their job, they should be replaced---if it is clear that a better one would replace them. The practice of rewarding big campaign funders with board seats is also wrong, and even corrupt, no matter if the board's intentions were good. Process matters, and board composition also matters. Both students and faculty should sit on the board, and it should be widely diverse. Shame also on the Governor(s) for shaping a board of only business and financial people sharing their own political persuasions. Shame on everyone who is only concerned about money issues. The Rector and Vice Rector were the most at fault, but others could have blown the whistle on the failings, but they did not.

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David Murray
9 years ago
CLAS '04

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Edward Mills
9 years ago
CLAS 1990

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Katherine Barham
9 years ago
It is yet another example of sexism and an excuse to derogate women, especially intelligent ones.

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Mark Ingram
9 years ago
This entire thing stinks to high heaven. If the BOV feels the need to dismiss the President then they should do it in the light of day. List the reasons and have some sort of debate and vote on the matter. Things done in secrecy are always suspect.

....and this action is VERY SUSPECT.........

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Kelly Robinson
9 years ago
As an alumnus, I am embarrassed at how the Board of Visitors handled this situation and at the incredibly poor light in which they have cast our University.

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Kevin Skadron
9 years ago
While the president does serve at the pleasure of the board, the manner in which the board ousted Pres. Sullivan was both reprehensible and irrational. The stated reasons are preposterous. While the challenges are inarguable, the board (thanks to its lack of stakeholder representation) fails to understand how change is achieved at a university. Top-down change is doomed. Bottom-up consensus building is slower but far more effective. Pres. Sullivan is highly respected for her consensus-building approach and was on track to address exactly the Board's concerns. The BoV has done tremendous damage to its stated strategy and to UVA as a whole. The best way to address both problems is to reinstate Pres. Sullivan and move quickly to place more qualified members on the board, including voting representatives from the faculty, staff, and students; and others qualified in university administration.