July 2, 2012
UVa's Painfully Public Lesson in Leadership
A board's anxiety about the future led to tumult over the president's status
Justin Ide for The Chronicle
As the University of Virginia's Board of Visitors gathered in the historic Rotunda last Tuesday, Helen E. Dragas betrayed little emotion. The rector of the board, who had come to be viewed as the architect of Teresa A. Sullivan's ouster from the university's presidency, politely smiled as her colleagues voted one by one to reverse course and reinstate the leader.
When it came time for Ms. Dragas to join the unanimous vote, she did so with an "unequivocal yes."