UVA Board of Visitors Reinstates Sullivan as President
Over two weeks ago, news
broke that University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan was being pushed
out by UVA's Board of Visitors. The
announcement led to protests, an outpouring of support for Sullivan and a
growing movement to bring her back.
Then Friday Governor Bob
McDonnell sent a message to the 15-member board of visitors, essentially
telling them to decide once and for all who was going to lead UVA.
In a special meeting
Tuesday, the board voted unanimously to reinstate Sullivan as UVA's president,
and the crowd outside the rotunda roared when they heard an announcement of the
Resolution: "The Board of Visitors rescinds the Second
Amendment to the President's Employment Agreement, subject to the approval and
acceptance of the President, thereby reinstating the President's initial
Employment Agreement of January 11, 2010, as amended by the First Amendment to
the Employment Agreement; and further
"The Board of Visitors rescinds the naming of Carl P.
Zeithaml as Interim President of the University, and rescinds the authority
previously granted to the Executive Committee to negotiate and execute a
contract or employment agreement with the Interim President."
Following more than two
weeks of turmoil, it only took 30 minutes to reinstate Sullivan as president of
UVA. But leading up to the board of
visitors' meeting, there was uncertainty about the final vote count.
UVA Board of Visitors
member Heywood Fralin said, "It was extraordinarily important. It shows that the university is more unified
Sullivan entered the board
room with UVA Rector Helen Dragas - the person who helped orchestrate Sullivan's
ouster. Dragas said in her statement the two had a cordial
conversation at Carr's Hill just moments before the showdown at the rotunda.
Sullivan said, "I
think we're all resolved to make this work and that's really all I can say
Fralin, who has been a Sullivan
supporter, made the motion to reinstate Sullivan at Tuesday's meeting. He also told the room that the plot to force
her resignation was known to all board members, but many board members didn't
think the votes were there to finalize the action earlier this month.
"Sometimes we all
make bad decisions and I think this board realized it was a bad decision,"
Dragas would not answer
questions about her change of mind once the meeting was over. In the board room, Dragas announced her vote
to reinstate Sullivan as an "unequivocal" yes.
"It presents us with
a unique opportunity to move forward in a way that didn't exist before,"
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:36 PM EDT2013-05-22 23:36:22 GMT
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