In a dramatic reversal, the University of Virginia Board of Visitors voted unanimously today to reinstate Teresa A. Sullivan as President of the University of Virginia. It was a stunning political comeback for President Sullivan, who earlier in the month had been forced by the Board of Visitors to submit her resignation.
The sudden manner in which the Board of Visitors acted, without apparently developing a consensus around their decision, figured as a major reason in the reversal.
Helen Dragas, Rector of the University of Virginia and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Visitors, had defended the decision to ask for President Sullivan’s resignation had called it “the right thing, done in the wrong way.” Apparently, the tide of opinion turned against Ms. Dragas. The Board yesterday concluded it was the wrong thing, done in the wrong way.
Ms. Dragas had criticized President Sullivan’s strategic direction–she wasn’t cutting spending fast enough, and was moving too slowly online.
The faculty and students strongly supported President Sullivan.
In an earlier article this month, Did Breitbart Investigation Play Any Role in Sudden Resignation of UVA President ,Breitbart News had questioned whether its ongoing investigation into twenty-two year old charges of scientific misconduct against President Sullivan and co-authors Elizabeth Warren and Jay Westbrook had played a role in President Sullivan’s sudden resignation. As events unfolded, it became clear that the investigation did not play a role in the Board of Visitors request for her resignation.
At the end of this earlier article we posed three questions. We now have answers to two of those three questions:
Michael Patrick Leahy is a Breitbart News contributor, Editor of Broadside Books’ Voices of the Tea Party e-book series, and author of Covenant of Liberty: The Ideological Origins of the Tea Party Movement.