Rector Helen Dragas statement following governor's decide-or-resign letter

Statement by Helen E. Dragas
Rector, University of Virginia

Governor McDonnell is right that three meetings on this issue are enough, and we must get final resolution on this matter on Tuesday so the UVA family can move forward.

I also agree with him on the importance of providing clear explanations of our actions, as I aimed to do in my statement yesterday, while being mindful of the constraints of the confidentiality of personnel matters and the non-disparagement agreements in the President’s contract.

I appreciate the Governor’s leadership in affirming the importance of Board governance, and that we alone are appointed to make these decisions on behalf of the University, free of influence from outside political, personal or media pressure.

I look forward to a respectful and dignified meeting on Tuesday, and to an important discussion of the implications of any decision we make on the ability of future Boards to lead the University.

–June 22, 2012