Comments Regarding The Situation At UVA


    ( – promoted by lowkell)

    As both a proud UVA alumnus and a state legislator, I was shocked by the decision and am deeply concerned about the process by which President Sullivan was forced to resign. I am also concerned about the damage this decision has done to the UVA community and to the University’s reputation, as well as the loss of outstanding University faculty and major donors.

    I have worked with Delegate David Toscano (Charlottesville) to craft a letter from current members of the Virginia General Assembly who are also graduates of the University of Virginia calling on the Board of Visitors to reconsider their decision and reinstate President Sullivan.

    Additionally, I believe that Rector Dragas should immediately submit her resignation to the Governor. Regardless of whether she had good reason to pursue the actions she did-which seems increasingly unlikely- the only way for the University to move forward and recover from the disastrous way this was handled would be for her to step aside.

    The process by which President Sullivan was forced to resign was fundamentally flawed, dramatically at odds with the principles of the flagship University in the Commonwealth, and inconsistent with a transparent decision-making process required of a public University. I am encouraged by the recent announcement that the Board of Visitors has called a special meeting on Tuesday, and I am hopeful the Board will take swift action to reverse their prior decision.

    • Tom

      Your presence and the presence of all General Assmebly members who believe as you and most BV readers and contributors to the discussion believe can send a strongly positive message to the BOV members that they have overwhelming support for making the right decision next Tuesday. While the Rally for Honor has been described as a protest, with the growing hope that the board will make the right decision this Rally for Honor is more likely to become a celebration of the true character of this University and it’s uniquely great Honor Code that Dragas has sadly failed to respect. But this Rally is not and should not be a protest in the usual sense, but rather a reaffirmation of the powerful belief of Thomas Jefferson and all who have followed his belief in holding his and our great University to the highest possible standards of ethics, integrity and honor. So this truly is a Rally for Honor. Please be there if you can on Sunday. Your presence and the presence of all your fellow GA members who share our beliefs will be felt and greatly appreciated.


    • Tom

      By demanding that after the vote is taken Tuesday the board must speak with a unified voice has to mean that he expects Dragas to resign immdeiately if the board does vote to re-instate Pres. Sullivan. That is the only way McD. could avoid the embarrassment of demanding all board members to resign only to discover that he has no legal authority to fire or force any BOV member to resign, that authority rests with the GA, which has carefully and deliberately failed to perform its oversight duties as prescribed by Va. law.

      By still referring to Sullivan as “President”, whether intended or not he has implied that he believes that her forced resignation was not legitimate since it was the board, not Pres. Sullivan, who had failed to perform in accordance with the terms of her employment contract. She couldhave sued the board for breach of contract, which is why they offered such a lucrative severance pay arrangement.

    • See here for more:

      “I think they should offer to reinstate President Sullivan,” said Kaine (D), now a candidate for U.S. Senate. “I hope that she would accept that.”


      [Helen Dragas] is a very accomplished leader with a real passion for U-Va. and I appointed her for that reason,” he said. “This is a board…I know them all to be good people, accomplished people, who care deeply about U-Va., and I believe the same of the members that I didn’t appoint.”