Leaders of the University of Virginia's Faculty Senate said Monday they were blindsided by the Board of Visitors' decision to remove President Teresa Sullivan and that they will investigate the matter.
The board surprised the campus on Sunday when it announced that Sullivan will step down Aug. 15, two years after taking over as the eighth president at the university founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson. In a statement, Sullivan attributed the move to "a philosophical difference of opinion" while Board of Visitors Rector Helen E. Dragas cited the need for "a bold leader who can help develop, articulate, and implement a concrete and achievable strategic plan to re-elevate the University to its highest potential."
The university said the board and Sullivan "mutually agreed" on her departure.
In its statement Monday, the Faculty Senate called the board's statement "inadequate and unsatisfactory."