University of Virginia Provost John Simon and President Teresa Sullivan confer in the Potomac Room in the Richmond Omni hotel, as the embattled Board of Visitors prepares an orientation session for new members.
Rector Helen Dragas shares a laugh with the Board's two new "special advisors," Leonard Sandridge and Bill Goodwin.
The tone was cordial, and the information flowed, the president said, "like drinking water from a firehose" on Tuesday, August 14 as University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan and the woman who briefly fired her, Helen Dragas, met in the Potomac Room in the Richmond Omni hotel.
The occasion was an orientation session for new Board of Visitors members, with the two former adversaries seated at opposite ends of a 16-person table facing each other.
As she did recently when overseeing the departure of potentially disloyal lieutenant Michael Strine, Sullivan dominated this meeting, with Dragas inserting just a question or two.
Dragas declined all comment as the meeting ended, but the President said that she thought her first public meeting with Dragas went well.
"It seemed fine to me," said a smiling Sullivan. "I don't know what you thought, but it seemed fine to me."
(You could also have watched the session via this LIVE FEED.)