CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WAVY) - UVA faculty members are calling for the resignation of Board of Visitors Rector Helen Dragas and Vice Rector Mark Kington. This comes after UVA President Teresa Sullivan announced her resignation citing "philosophical differences" with some of the board members.
"Reinstate our president." That is the message from University of Virginia faculty and students who packed into a public meeting in Charlottesville Monday afternoon.
This comes after UVA President Teresa Sullivan resigned under pressure last week citing "philosophical differences" with some on the University's Board of Visitors.
Monday's meeting is expected to get a bit heated. Many UVA faculty members and students say they're furious with what they consider the "ousting" of Sullivan. On Monday, they demanded the resignation of Board of Visitors Rector Helen Dragas.
Dragas lives in Virginia Beach and is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Dragas Companies. They also demanded the resignation of Vice Rector Mark Kington.
Dragas posted this statement on UVA's website on Monday.
Sullivan was asked to resign effective mid-August because some on the Board of Visitors did not believe she did much in her two years as president to fix looming financial problems at the school. UVA faculty members, however, say the way this "forced" resignation went down is unacceptable. At least one board member agrees.
That board member tells WAVY.com there was no vote to discuss whether they should ask Sullivan to resign, there were no face to face meetings, and basically a few decided for the whole. The decision was announced with no warning or explanation.
"This has just blindsided everybody," said one UVA student.
"All my friends are basically saying they're glad they graduated, and that's really upsetting. I'm not even going to say I was necessarily a fan one way of the other of President Sullivan, I believe she was a good president, but just the way it happened was wrong," said another UVA student.
Earlier Monday afternoon, the board of visitors met to discuss candidates for a possible interim president. No decision has been announced from that meeting.
Stay with WAVY.com and WAVY News 10 for more on this developing story.
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