Governor McDonnell reappointed Rector Dragas, much to my surprise. I am not sure why. Perhaps he simply wished to avoid scrutiny of his appointments, and the status quo, however disagreeable to many people, seemed less controversial than appointing a new Rector. It is worth noting that he has replaced a number of other board members.
It’s not very surprising to see that President Sullivan was reinstated last Tuesday. The only question remaining seems to be whether Rector Helen Dragas will keep her job on the Board of Visitors. Her statement after reinstating Sullivan seems to pretty clearly telegraph her desire to stay on the board, but it looks like she would have to be reappointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell when her term expires on July 1. There doesn’t seem to be any reason for McDonnell to reappoint such a universally reviled board member, less so when she appears to be a major Democratic campaign contributor. Perhaps she has cut a deal, but I would guess everyone is just waiting for her term to expire at this point.
I am just getting up to speed. On June 10, 2012, the Board of Visitors (the corporate board of the University of Virginia) announced the forced resignation of UVA’s President Teresa Sullivan, two years into her tenure as president. The decision has surprised and upset the university community, and events appear to be on a fast track toward the “reinstatement” of President Sullivan and the exit of Rector Helen Dragas from the BOV.
Below is my own timeline of major developments as I understand them. I may update this as I learn new information and further developments occur.