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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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
Taking action: UVA faculty address McDonnell, launch social media sitesPublished on Jun 21st, 2012Cries for the resignation of embattled UVA Rector have been echoing for days, and they're only getting louder. On Thursday, June 21, 15 faculty members who are also UVA alums...read more
Zeithaml in charge? Dragas pick embraces Simon, pans Sulli-sackPublished on Jun 20th, 2012"I realize that some of you don't trust me," says Carl Zeithaml, the day following his selection by a deeply divided Board of Visitors that followed getting hand-picked to...read more
Dragas to Kington: 'Why we can't afford to wait'Published on Jun 20th, 2012"Mark and I will both be in Charlottesville tomorrow and would appreciate a meeting with you." So begins the unraveling of a presidency. And a University. It was Thursday,...read more
Resignations begin: Esteemed computer science prof pulls plugPublished on Jun 19th, 2012Professor William Wulf began his career at UVA in the early 1960s as the first Ph.D. student in the school's then nascent computer science department. On Tuesday, June 19, he...read more
Kaine's take: BOV secrecy a 'huge mistake'Published on Jun 19th, 2012Former governor Tim Kaine, the man who appointed half of the Board of Visitors, including embattled Rector Helen Dragas, weighed in on the forced resignation of UVA President...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
Sullivan stripped: V-P Simon hints at quit if no BOV changePublished on Jun 17th, 2012Despite an officially-announced departure date in August, ousted University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan has already been stripped of her authority, but one of her...read more