Democracy Now: University of Virginia Reinstates Ousted President After Student, Faculty Protest

The University of Virginia has reinstated ousted president Teresa Sullivan less than three weeks after forcing her to step down. On Tuesday, the U-Va. governing board reversed its opposition to Sullivan following a lengthy uproar from students and faculty. Sullivan’s firing had been seen as an attack on academic freedom, with corporate-tied board members leading the push for her removal. Sullivan drew opposition from the board and the school’s rector, Helen Dragas, over her apparent reservations about cutting programs’ budgets and her emphasis on consensus building versus imposing top-down change. But her firing sparked outrage from students and faculty, leading to protests, walkouts and threats of resignations. The reversal of her ouster has been called an unprecedented development in higher education. The uproar has forced the resignation of the school’s vice rector, Mark Kington, who played a key role in Sullivan’s ouster. Rector Dragas is also facing calls to step down, but she insists she will remain in her post.


~ by wheresthemic on June 27, 2012.

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