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U. Va.’s Faculty Senate renews its call for resignation of Rector Helen Dragas

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U Va.’s Faculty Senate released a statement Wednesday commending yesterday’s resignation of Vice Rector Mark Kington from the school’s Board of Visitors as the “right thing to do,” following the forced ouster earlier this month of university President Teresa Sullivan.

“We are gratified by the resignation ...  We agree that this was the right thing to do in the best interests of the university. However, we renew our call on Rector Helen Dragas to follow the Vice Rector’s lead and resign immediately,” said the statement, signed by George Cohen, chair of the Faculty Senate. 

The senate said it is still fighting for the reinstatement of Sullivan and will honor its agreement to meet with Dean Carl Zeithaml, who has been named interim president effective Aug. 16, a day after Sullivan’s resignation takes effect.

The university is holding a press conference today at 3 p.m. so the media can meet Zeithaml, dean of U.Va’s McIntire School of Commerce. He was appointed in the wee hours of the morning Tuesday, following a marathon, 11-hour session of the board. 

Dragas’ hometown newspaper, the Virginian Pilot, also called for the resignation of the Virginia Beach CEO in an editorial, Wednesday. Dragas heads The Dragas Cos., the largest home builder in Hampton Roads. The editorial said Dragas “has failed repeatedly to explain why President Teresa Sullivan was forced out a week ago. “ Calling Dragas the “architect” of Sullivan’s removal, the editorial went on to say that “the rector has shown disrespect for the university’s shareholders and utter disregard for the value of transparent governance. She has shredded her credibility as a leader of the board, and so diminished the campus community’s faith in her judgment that she is now simply ineffective.” 


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