Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tensions Persist as UVa Board Prepares to Extend President’s Contract

The Chronicle of Higher Education
May 19th, 2015

The University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors has reached another pivotal moment with Teresa A. Sullivan, the president whom the board forced out in 2012 and then almost immediately rehired.
The board appears poised to approve a three-year contract extension for her on Tuesday. Such a decision will most likely be cast as evidence that the wounds of Ms. Sullivan’s embarrassing ouster have healed. But communication between the president and at least a couple of board members is strained, and there is some division among the visitors about how to exert their authority without appearing to undermine Ms. Sullivan yet again.
Teresa Sullivan became Virginia’s first female president nearly five years ago, and much has changed since her forced resignation and reinstatement, a drama that attracted national attention. Among the board’s 17 voting members, only six remain from the time of Ms. Sullivan’s ouster. Helen E. Dragas, architect of the failed coup, has finished her term as rector and will cycle off the board next year.

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