University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan found out only Friday afternoon that she was being forced to resign.
But while Sullivan, faculty and top administrators were blindsided by the action of the board of visitors, the chairman of the U.Va. business school's foundation said he knew of "this project" to oust her weeks ago.
The board's rector, Helen E. Dragas, and vice rector, Mark J. Kington, requested Sullivan's resignation late Friday afternoon with no prior warning or board action, three sources told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
A vote never was taken by the full board on Sullivan, the university's first female president. Her tenure began Aug. 1, 2010.