The ousting of a president

Although people responsible for the decision said it was in the works for a while, the ouster of University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan looked like a bolt from the blue, an unexplained move toward something called "strategic dynamism," whatever that means. Since it broke on a warm Sunday afternoon, June 10, this was a rapidly developing story that moved, for Sullivan, from tragedy to triumph. On the afternoon of Tuesday, June 27, after more than two weeks of student, faculty, and alumni dissent, a chastened and admittedly humbled Board of Visitors unanimously voted Sullivan back into office.

(photo by Denny King)

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The players: BOV experience revolves around businessPublished on Jun 26th, 2014Helen E. Dragas - Virginia BeachPresident and CEO of The Dragas Companies, developer of affordable homes and condominium communities in Tidewater.Appointed: Kaine. Term...read more
Rect-urrection: How will Dragas foes cope with her victory?Published on Feb 6th, 2013Has there ever been a University of Virginia rector as reviled as Helen Dragas, the woman who united students, faculty, and alums in calling for her head following her failed...read more
Dragas vote: Will rector keep her job?Published on Jan 7th, 2013The turmoil at the University of Virginia that began in June with the firing of President Teresa Sullivan continues six months later with the upcoming General Assembly...read more
Borrowed assets: Did deans plagiarize or just repeat 'gobbledygook'?Published on Jul 9th, 2012In the wake of the abrupt June 10 resignation of University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan, the deans of UVA– before eventually reversing themselves and calling...read more
Dragas to Simon: 'Quite an unhelpful comment'Published on Jul 3rd, 2012Coping with the earliest suggestions that her action was not resonating quite the way she might have hoped, University of Virginia Rector Helen Dragas lashed out at the...read more
Dragas hugged: Controversial UVA rector embraced by Governor McDonnellPublished on Jun 29th, 2012Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has doubled down his predecessor's bet on Helen Dragas, reappointing to the University of Virginia Board for a second four-year term a person...read more
Sullivan returns... to Beta BridgePublished on Jun 28th, 2012We saw a multi-aged group of fans of UVA and Teresa Sullivan laying down the orange shortly before dusk on Tuesday, the 26th of June, not long after the Lawn erupted in...read more
The 'incrementalist': UVA President Teresa Sullivan, translatedPublished on Jun 28th, 2012"I have been described as an incrementalist. It is true. Sweeping action may be gratifying and may create the aura of strong leadership, but its unintended consequences may...read more
Bob's mess: 'Please stop,' Governor McDonnell urges alumni, faculty, legislatorsPublished on Jun 28th, 2012As many of you know, no major decision of this kind can be made at Virginia without the support and assent of the Governor. –Peter KiernanEver since sending these words...read more
Leadership fitness: Did Dragas engage in plus-sized bullying?Published on Jun 27th, 2012Given the lack of specific, convincing reasons that Rector Helen Dragas has given for forcing the resignation of UVA President Teresa Sullivan, what really motivated the...read more