- Teresa A. Sullivan, the University of Virginia's first female president, will leave the school on Aug. 15, concluding two years in office.
- A statement released by Sullivan indicated that "philosophical difference of opinion" prompted her decision to depart.
- Remarks by the chair of the Executive Committee of the Board of Visitors, which convened on Sunday prior to the university's announcement, called for bold changes to keep pace with financial troubles and big shifts in the world of higher education.
Early Sunday morning, the University of Virginia sent out a notice announcing that the Executive Committee of the Board of Visitors would have an "emergency closed meeting" at 2 p.m. "to consider amending the contract of a university employee." A little later, the university announced that Teresa A. Sullivan would be leaving the presidency on August 15, after only two years in office, by mutual agreement with the board.
The announcement stunned faculty and student leaders and many alumni, who took to Facebook and Twitter to ask what was going on, and to praise Sullivan. ...