Teresa Sullivan Speaks Out about Summer of Turmoil at UVa

In an interview with The Washington Post, University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan said she made mistakes in the way she handled her forced resignation and subsequent reinstatement.

Sullivan told The Washington Post that when she was approached by Rector Helen Dragas and told there were enough votes to force her out of office, Sullivan submitted her resignation to prevent the public airing of questions.

“I didn’t really want to put the university through a difficult period,” she said. “As it turned out, I did not save the university from a difficult period at all.”

In hindsight, Sullivan said she should have asked for a public vote by the board on her ouster instead of resigning.

During the interview, Sullivan would not say much about Dragas, who many believe orchestrated Sullivan's ouster. When asked if Dragas ever apologized to her, Sullivan told Washington Post reporters "I don't think I want to go there."

Both Sullivan and Dragas, along with the rest of the board, will sit down together Wednesday and Thursday for the Board of Visitors retreat in Richmond. This will be the first time they will all be together since Sullivan's reinstatement.


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