VA Leaders Hold Town Meeting on UVA Governance Issue
State leaders are asking for the public's input when it comes to the governance of the University of Virginia. Senator Creigh Deeds and Delegate David Toscano hosted a town hall meeting at the UVA School of Law Thursday night.
The goal was to gain feedback on the summer leadership crisis, when UVA President Teresa Sullivan was forced to resign and was later reinstated.
Alumni, students, faculty and community members spoke Thursday night, many of them concerned about how the UVA Board of Visitors is appointed and the lack of faculty members on the board.
"The faculty, as brilliant as they are, they are the foundation of this university," said Charles Papas with the UVA Class of 1985. "They interact with students, they interact with the administration, and they are the bridge. I, therefore, offer that two UVA faculty members be elected by the Faculty Senate to be voting members of the board."
UVA faculty member Walt Heinecke said, "What we've seen is governors of both parties making decisions about who should sit on the board of visitors based on campaign contributions."
Thursday night's comments could be considered in the upcoming General Assembly and for potential legislation in 2013. The next legislative session in Richmond starts in January.
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