Amid Uproar, U.Va. Names Interim President

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

In a tumultuous day on the University of Virginia’s historic campus, the leader of the school’s embattled governing board apologized Monday for the “pain, anger and confusion” caused by the forced resignation of the university’s first female president.

But Helen Dragas, rector of the Board of Visitors, didn’t back down from the board’s controversial decision to oust President Teresa Sullivan.

At 2:30 a.m.today, after a marathon closed-door session that ran almost 12 hours, the board appointed Carl Zeithaml, dean of the McIntire School of Commerce, as interim president to replace Sullivan while a search is under way for a permanent replacement.

Earlier, about 2,000 students, faculty, staff and alumni rallied outside on the Lawn in support of Sullivan and in opposition to the perceived lack of transparency in the process that led to her resignation.

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