The resignation of University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan caught most by surprise, but her departure reflects economic and financial pressures facing universities and colleges across the country, experts say.
Albemarle County Supervisor Dennis S. Rooker said he was surprised and disappointed by the news of Sullivan’s departure. Rooker, whose undergraduate and law degrees are both from UVa, served on the Planning and Coordination Council, a joint city-county-university planning committee, with Sullivan.
“I think it is a terrific loss to the university,” he said Sunday. “She is intelligent and articulate, and put forward a vision of the university that was intelligent.”
Rooker said he had not heard any rumblings of Sullivan’s departure before Sunday, nor did he have any insight as to what differences she and the board may have had.