University of Virginia board focuses on looking beyond summer leadership controversy
- The University of Virginia's Board of Visitors--with four new members and two new senior advisers--is meeting for the first time this week since controversy created by the board brought national attention to the school in June, and the discussion so far has largely centered on the need to move past the events of the summer and look ahead.
- The controversy in question occurred in June, when board members forced the resignation of President Teresa Sullivan, which lead to faculty protesting the decision en masse, openly calling for board members to resign and questioning the board's legitimacy before the board finally reinstated Sullivan several days later.
- How the institution moves forward and reshapes its formal structure and governance could influence other institutions, and the outcome of today's discussion on how the board organizes itself could impact how the university moves forward and prevents such controversies in the future.
From the article:
RICHMOND, VA. -- Four new members of the University of Virginia's Board of Visitors and two new senior advisers are getting an introduction to the harsh limelight of national attention this week as the body meets for the first time since controversy consumed the board and the campus in June. Back then, when board members forced the resignation of President Teresa Sullivan, relations between board members and the university's administrators could be considered strained at best. ...
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