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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Alums for Sullivan: Dragas' top employee sends out emotional videoPublished on Jun 23rd, 2012"Maybe it was a mistake," says Carol Wood, the spokesperson for UVA, who sent out a link on Saturday morning to an emotional video of alumni standing up in support of ousted...read more
'Strangely silent'? Republican lawmakers weigh in on UVA crisisPublished on Jun 22nd, 2012Nearly two weeks after UVA Rector Helen Dragas' June 10 announcement that President Teresa Sullivan resigned because of "philosophical differences," local Republican...read more
McDonnell to BOV: Make a final decision or elsePublished on Jun 22nd, 2012Gov. Bob McDonnell issued a statement today demanding a decision from the UVA Board of Visitors on who will be President of the University by Tuesday, or else he will demand...read more
Decision time: Zeithaml steps back, Cohen suggests reinstatement likelyPublished on Jun 22nd, 2012Following a June 22 press conference called by Carl Zeithaml, the McIntire School of Commerce dean who was tapped by Rector Helen Dragas to be interim president after Teresa...read more
Message to the RectorPublished on Jun 22nd, 2012A passerby gives two thumbs up to a statement painted on Beta Bridge. read more
Zeithaml suspends presidency: Will wait until BOV votes on Sullivan reinstatementPublished on Jun 22nd, 2012The man tapped as the interim president of the University of Virginia has decided to go back to work as the dean of the University's McIntire School of Commerce and cease...read more
Fast-moving day: Sullivan reinstatement could be happeningPublished on Jun 21st, 2012The people in the Hook newsroom were trying to write some thoughtful analysis for next week's issue, but then we checked around and realized that events are happening so fast...read more
'Resign!' Students shout at Dragas after BOV picks interim prezPublished on Jun 19th, 2012A marathon session of the Board of Visitors ended the day after it began with no new resignations but with an interim president chosen and, afterwards, shouts of "resign" and...read more
Sullivan appears: Pandemonium outside the RotundaPublished on Jun 18th, 2012Shouts of "UVA, UVA" went up when recently ousted President Teresa Sullivan appeared before the marble steps of the Rotunda. Sullivan's statement: "Apparently, the area of...read more
Dragas shrugged: Defiant rector hires PR firmPublished on Jun 18th, 2012With the UVA Faculty Senate formally requesting her resignation and a Board of Visitors meeting with ousted President Theresa Sullivan slated for Monday afternoon, the...read more