U.Va. Alumni Want Legislators To Reject Va. Beach Rector

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Some University of Virginia alumni say they will ask legislators to reject the governor's reappointment nomination of the rector behind an attempted ouster of President Teresa Sullivan this summer.

Richard D. Marks of UVa Alumni for Responsible Corporate Governance, a group made up of more than a dozen alumni calling for changes since the attempted coup, told legislators at a town hall Thursday night that alumni would ask each member of the General Assembly to block Rector Helen Dragas' nomination.

Dragas, a Virginia Beach real estate developer, was the face of the failed effort to remove Sullivan. She and other board members forced Sullivan's resignation in June, but two weeks of protests by students, faculty and alumni led to the board unanimously reinstating Sullivan. McDonnell reappointed Dragas to another term on the board, much to the dismay of many alumni, donors and the campus community.

"Helen Dragas should not be reconfirmed," Charlottesville resident Peyton Ledford said to applause from about two dozen who attended the town hall at the U.Va. School of Law. "If we had a cancer in our business, we got rid of it."

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