The contentious reappointment of Helen Dragas, rector of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors, passed its final test in the General Assembly today.
The 63-33 floor vote in the House of Delegates, which followed a lengthy and spirited debate, confirms the Virginia Beach real estate developer’s appointment by Gov. Bob McDonnell and ensures that she will be able to serve out her second four-year term on U.Va.’s governing board.
Dragas had endured vocal opposition from U.Va. faculty, students and alumni for her key role in orchestrating the aborted ouster of Teresa Sullivan, the university’s first female president, last summer.
Appointments to university governing boards are normally uncontroversial, but anger on the U.Va. campus over Sullivan’s forced resignation prompted objections from lawmakers at every stage as Dragas’ appointment moved through the Senate and House.