Provost John Simon and President Teresa Sullivan share a pre-meeting laugh.
Dr. Terry MacTaggart opens the meeting by acknowledging the recent crisis.
This is a blog-style story about the UVA BOV meeting in Richmond. We'll update as things happen:
1:28pm - Hook editor asks a certain board member to confirm that he's gonna pay for the Rector's use of the Hill & Knowlton public relations firm. "Let's talk about that," says the board member. "But not right now."
1:29pm - Hook editor greets former Johns Hopkins Dean Edward Miller by saying, "Ah, you were going to be the interim president." No comment.
1:29pm - Local business couple Albie Tabackman and Joan Fenton say hello. They're recording the meeting for posterity.
1:39pm - Rector Helen Dragas begins speaking, "Let me begin by acknowledging the many difficulties of the last few months...."
1:49pm - "This is obviously an awkward situation," says paid facilitator Dr. Terry MacTaggart.
2:14pm - MacTaggart: "Does online education keep you awake at night?"
2:16pm - New special advisor Bill Goodwin says he doesn't take such a dim view of UVA's situation.
2:31pm - BOVer John Nau frets that all Virginia colleges are "bucketed" together financially by the General Assembly.
2:37pm - MacTaggart: "The good boards are champions of the brand, champions of the reputation… and the culture of integrity. I have two words to illustrate what happens when you don't do that: Penn State."
2:46pm - In response to Hook questions in hotel hallway, Rector Dragas says, "I'm focused on this retreat and moving forward. It doesn't make sense to rehash the past at this point." (The questions were whether she can answer the 14-alum letter than seeks the "real" reasons she pushed out the president and why doesn't she resign.)
3:15pm - MacTaggart tells about school-merger plan in Maine. "The process didn't represent more than a clique." Once the press got wind of it, the plan collapsed.
3:47pm - Frosh BOVer and former JMU prez Lin Rose now suggests, as co-chair of new Special Committee on Strategic Planning, drafting a new strategic plan by the end of the academic year.
4:04pm: Rector calls for super-executive session and subsequent regular executive session to discuss legal and personnel matters. All media tossed out of meeting room.
–>And that's the end of our day. We'll be back tomorrow.