McDonnell reappoints Dragas to UVa. Board of Visitors

Gov. Bob McDonnell has reappointed Helen Dragas to a second four-year term to the University of Virginia Board of Visitors, defying critics and apparently endorsing the failed putsch led by the rector to remove UVa. President Teresa Sullivan from office.

“Just as I was disappointed to see the lack of transparency and communication surrounding the request for the resignation of the first female president of UVa, I am also concerned that the first female rector seemed to become the sole target of recent criticism,” McDonnell said in a statement announcing the reappointment of Dragas.

There is “no doubt,” McDonnell said, that the Board of Visitors “made mistakes” in regard to the forced resignation of Sullivan, which the board reversed in a unanimous vote on Tuesday, but “this is not a time for recrimination,” McDonnell said, rather “a time for reconciliation.”

Dragas has been under fire for her galvanizing role in leading the effort to oust Sullivan – and for her stiff resolve in the face of the firestorm that came about in the aftermath that the move was the “right thing” done the “wrong way.”

“I have been heartened by recent statements made by President Sullivan, the Board of Visitors and by the faculty senate chair about their ability to work with the rector,” McDonnell said.

“I look forward to the board and administration moving forward together.  The university’s tradition is the embrace of inquiry, critical thinking and change, which the rector and many others bring to the table. Ms. Dragas’s serious critique of the challenges facing the university is a voice that must be heard, and can help, in ensuring UVa remains one of the world’s foremost institutions of higher learning,” McDonnell said.

         
 

UVA Basketball Fans!

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25. The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe, and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018 through to the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”

Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”

Feedback from buyers: “Got the Book in the Mail Saturday, and could not put it down! Great read and great photography as well! Love all of the books I’ve received, but hands down, this is my favorite!” – Russell

Buy here.


augusta free press news
augusta free press news
augusta free press news


Comments