Trouble in the Old Dominion
June 18, 2012 10:29 AM Subscribe
Uproar over forced resignation of University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan enters second week.
Timeline of events:
Timeline of events:
- January 11, 2010 - Teresa A. Sullivan selected from pool of over 150 nominees and elected by unanimous vote of the Board of Visitors to replace 20-year veteran John T. Casteen, III as president of the University of Virginia.
- August 1, 2010 - Sullivan becomes the University's first female president and eighth since its founding by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, to widespread support.
- June 10, 2012 - The BOV and Sullivan make a surprise, joint announcement that Sullivan will step down effective August 15, only two years into her tenure, cutting short a five-year contract [pdf]. Sullivan cites "a philosophical difference of opinion," and in a separate statement, Rector Helen Dragas states that the "Board believes this environment calls for a much faster pace of change in administrative structure, in governance, in financial resource development and in resource prioritization and allocation."
- June 11, 2012 - news spreads of the ouster; UVa Faculty Senate Executive Council releases statement [pdf] expressing shock and demanding "a full and candid explanation of this sudden and drastic change in University leadership."
- June 12, 2012 - Council of Chairs and Directors of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences all sign a letter to the BOV [pdf] expressing support for Sullivan and requesting a full explanation.
- June 13, 2012 - Rector Dragas responds, stating that "it is the policy of the board to keep confidential matters of disagreement and those relating to evaluation of progress against mutually agreed upon goals." Meanwhile, a leaked email from Peter D. Kiernan, chair of the Darden School (UVa's Business School) Foundation describes his and others' involvment in the action, prompting speculation that "the departure was less a mutual agreement and more of a palace coup orchestrated by alumni and friends of the Darden School."
- June 14, 2012 - Kiernan resigns his position as chair of the Darden Foundation Board. Meanwhile, news breaks that at least three of the sixteen members of the BOV did not know of the decision before it was settled.
- June 15, 2012 - UVa Faculty Senate Executive Council adopts a resolution of no confidence in the Rector and BOV. The Student Council requests a "full explanation." One professor of media studiesdescribes the response among the faculty.
- June 16, 2012 - Speculation grows that 1976 alumnus, hedge fund manager, and major donor Paul Tudor Jones was one of the "important alums" mentioned in Keirnan's email as driving the decision, based on an op-ed by Jones in the June 17 Charlottesville Daily Progress (reprinted here) that "we should all be elated" by the Board's decision.
- June 17, 2012 - Faculty Senate holds "raucous meeting" with over 800 in attendance. Provost John Simon says that "board actions over the next few days will inform me as to whether the University of Virginia remains the type of institution I’m willing to dedicate my efforts to help lead," and other faculty members express similar sentiments, before voting 68-2 to endorse the Executive Council's no-confidence resolution.
- June 18, 2012 (today) - Rumors leak that some members of the BOV have quietly reached to to Sullivan to determine whether she would be willing to stay if asked. A special, closed meeting of the Board is scheduled to take place at 3pm.
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