Interim U.Va. Leader Disagreed With President's Ouster

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Temporarily taking the reins of a campus in upheaval, the University of Virginia’s new interim president said today he thought long and hard before accepting the job.

Carl Zeithaml, who was named to the position Tuesday after a contentious 12-hour meeting of U.Va.’s governing Board of Visitors, also said he disagreed with the board’s controversial decision to oust Teresa Sullivan, the university’s first female president, after just two years on the job.

Zeithaml, who comes to the interim post after 15 years as dean of U.Va.’s McIntire School of Commerce, said at a news conference that the process leading up to Sullivan’s removal was “deeply flawed.”

“I don’t condone it,” he said, aligning himself with critics who have faulted the university’s governing board for a closed, secretive process.

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