In the wake of University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan's controversial ouster and reinstatement, a panel is coming together to talk about the future of the university.
The panel discussion, called "The June Events and After: The Future of the University", will be put on by the UVA Faculty Senate. It's part of a task force recommendation in response to a very controversial summer.
Sullivan's controversial resignation and return has prompted a panel to come together, and put the events under a microscope.
UVA Faculty Senate Chair George Cohen said, "That leads a number of people to raise those kinds of questions and what really led to what happened."
Cohen says the upcoming talk is less about what happened over the summer and more about the future of UVA. "It's the beginning of a longer term conversation that we need to have," he said.
What are the implications of the Sullivan drama?
What are the challenges facing higher education?
What should a university look like in the future?
"I think those kinds of things are all important and legitimate questions and we ought to be debating them," said Cohen.
The meeting is set for Wednesday, September 12. The event starts at 4:30 p.m. at Nau Hall in room 101. It is open to the public.
"I'm very optimistic," Cohen said. "I'm a very optimistic in nature, and I think we've got great days ahead of us."
The panel discussion is just one day before the UVA Board of Visitors meet on September 13-14 at the rotunda.