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State Senate Approves Helen Dragas As UVA Rector

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University of Virginia Rector Helen Dragas is one step closer to maintaining her post until the summer of 2016.

The Virginia Senate voted 29-9 Monday afternoon to confirm Governor Bob McDonnell's reappointment of Dragas. The vote came after a series of lengthy floor speeches by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, either lauding or condemning Dragas' role in last summer's leadership crisis at UVA. Despite strong opposition by a handful of Senate lawmakers, most believe Dragas should be the person to take the university forward.

"Nobody questions the passion or the views of folks across the state who may have different opinions about this," Sen. Mark Obenshain said. "But at the end of the day, the reappointment was approved."

Despite bipartisan support for her reappointment, some legislators still believe Dragas should resign her post, and are disheartened by the Senate's choice to confirm her.

"I think what she did was egregious," Sen. Janet Howell said, "and I'm very sorry that the Senate reconfirmed her."

Dragas still has two more steps to go before she is officially confirmed as rector. Later in the session, the decision will go before lawmakers in the House of Delegates.

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