Helen Dragas has some prominent allies in her fight to remain on the University of Virginia's Board of Visitors.
Chief among them is U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat who has spoken on Dragas' behalf with several state legislators who have a say in her fate.
Dragas, a Virginia Beach real estate developer, faces a tough road to confirmation in the General Assembly after spearheading a controversial effort last June to oust U.Va. President Teresa Sullivan.
Within weeks, Sullivan was reinstated by the university's governing board amid a public uproar. Then Dragas was awarded another four-year term on the board by Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell - an appointment that is contingent on approval by the Assembly.