Solid stream: UVA Visitors to televise themselves
After some particularly public prodding from a well-known local couple who took matters into their own hands, the University of Virginia's Board of Visitors plans to offer its own live webcast of its next meeting, according to Joan Fenton, half of the Charlottesville duo that provided the public service the last time.
Susan Harris, secretary to the Board whose controversial leader and infamous botch of personnel matters kept Wahoo Nation enthralled for much of June, confirms that there will be a live stream. But where it will be she cannot say, and she defers subsequent questions to UVA spokesperson Carol Wood, who is not immediately available for comment.
News about the better board accessibility comes the same day that the New York Times Magazine released an advance copy of its upcoming feature story about the short-lived firing of President Teresa Sullivan entitled, "How Not to Fire a College President."
• Former Rector Wynne so deeply vexed protégé Helen Dragas by supporting Sullivan that Dragas scolds him publicly for retaining a "key" to the Rotunda,
• BOV member Randal Kirk still unimpressed with the president, and
• that Rector Helen Dragas really did scold the president for her appearance (something that the Hook reported long before it became a matter of fact).
As for Fenton, who heads a Facebook group called Reform the UVa BOV, she's not holding out enough hope for the official streaming to derail her own plan to live-stream and paying a court reporter to transcribe the upcoming proceedings. She's even got the transcripts of the last meeting posted online.
"I feel we have accomplished a first step towards transparency," Fenton says on the Reform page that she runs with husband Albie Tabackman.
The upcoming BOV event spans three days in Charlottesville, September 12-14. The meeting is expected to result in the naming of the new indoor athletic practice facility for George Welsh, approval to demolish the so-called Blake Center on West Main Street, and more details of the president's plan to launch merit pay for the faculty.
–September 14 at 12:19pm update: corrected to show the full name of the Facebook group