Gov. Bob McDonnell has reappointed Helen Dragas, the rector of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors who was instrumental in the controversial, short-lived ouster of the school's president, Teresa Sullivan.
McDonnell named Dragas to a second four-year board term Friday afternoon, calling her "a strong and dedicated board member."
Dragas, a Virginia Beach real estate developer, became the target of harsh criticism from U.Va. faculty, students and alumni after playing a key role in the forced resignation of the popular president.
Sullivan's removal was announced June 10 after a vote by a three-member quorum of the board's executive committee, including Dragas. Vice Rector Mark Kington, another of the three, resigned in the resulting uproar.