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Dragas Gets the Final Vote, 4 More Years on UVA BOV

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Helen Dragas lives to fight another day at the University of Virginia.

The Virginia House of Delegates voted 63-33 Tuesday to confirm her reappointment by Governor Bob McDonnell to the UVA of Board Visitors. The Virginia Senate also confirmed her reappointment last week with a vote of 29-9.

Despite a vocal grip of stakeholders opposed to Dragas' reappointment - including students and faculty - most lawmakers deferred to the governor's appointment, and trust Dragas is the person to take the university forward.

"We're in a different place now, and we're trying to move forward," Del. Todd Gilbert, a UVA alumnus, said after Tuesday's vote. "I think that trying to stop this appointment was actually doing more harm than good."

Charlottesville Delegate David Toscano, a vocal opponent of the rector's reappointment, said he hopes the confirmation process sends Dragas a signal.

"The vote today was not a ringing declaration of support for her," Toscano said, "it's largely deferential to the governor's appointments."

Dragas will serve on the board until the summer of 2016.

UVA remains on warning from its accreditation agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, as a result of last summer's leadership crisis.

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