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Opposition to UVA Rector's Reappointment Grows

Posted: Updated: Jan 3, 2013 10:58 AM EST
Helen Dragas Helen Dragas
Barbara Favola Barbara Favola

An effort has been renewed to block Helen Dragas from remaining on the board of visitors at the University of Virginia.

The latest call comes from state Senator Barbara Favola (D) from Arlington County. Favola said, after meeting with Helen Dragas, she simply cannot support her reappointment. Favola joins a growing list of lawmakers who do not want to see Dragas continue as a board of visitors member.

Dragas orchestrated the failed attempt to oust President Teresa Sullivan.

Governor Bob McDonnell recommended Dragas' reappointment to the board. Now the General Assembly will take up the reappointment this month.

"I don't think it's going to change a culture if in fact a disrespect for transparency exists, and in my mind I felt that it was important to not reappoint Ms. Dragas because I do not want to be in a position to condone how the whole situation with Dr. Sullivan was handled," Favola said. "Good judgment was not exercised and the respect for transparency was just not there, and I found that to be those are really intangible core principles."  

Favola also cited concerns about the university being put on warning by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission. The accrediting agency issued the warning over the board's failed attempt to fire Sullivan.

Favola also said that Dragas does not demonstrate the values she says are needed to lead UVA to new heights.

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