Hoo d'etat: Top UVA alums demand BOV answers
In a strongly-worded letter, a group of 14 prominent University of Virginia alumni are urging the Board of Visitors, a minority of whom recently engineered a temporary ouster of President Teresa Sullivan, to finally come clean with the reasoning behind their actions which created a governance crisis that did not end, the alums say, when the president was reinstalled in late June.
"It will not end until the Board acknowledges publicly that UVa suffered a significant failure of corporate governance; and it will not end until Board members finally explain candidly, to satisfy common sense, what really motivated them to act so precipitously."
The group took particular note of a recent open letter from resigning faculty member William Wulf, the alleged incongruity of Rector Helen Dragas' public statements on UVA's perceived and actual technology offerings, and the fact that President Sullivan’s "crucial 12-page strategic memorandum," a document dated May 3, was not shared with the full board but only with the Rector and then Vice-Rector Mark Kington.
"The question remains," say the alums, "whether this was a tactical complement to the Rector’s isolation of Board members through serial contacts."
The letter follows by just a day the resignation of a top UVA administrator whose emails seem to reveal that he possessed at least four months of foreknowledge about the planned ouster of his boss. However, University spokesperson Carol Wood notes that events in Baltimore included a properly noticed meeting that even included President Sullivan.
The release of the alumni letter followed by about a week the release of a letter from the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate calling on the BOV to engage in rigorous self-examination during the upcoming Board Retreat which occurs August 14-16 in Richmond.
Starting in the fall semester, UVA will actually be offering a course on the 17-day debacle. Entitled "Documenting UVA's Future," the class, will be taught by professors John Alexander and Walter Heinecke.
–developing story; updated 12:03pm Monday, August 13 with four final sentences–Attached Documents:This story is a part of the President Sullivan retakes the reins special.