U.Va. Releases Audit on Controversy Over Journal

October 21, 2010

The University of Virginia has released its inquiry into the management of the Virginia Quarterly Review, the award-winning journal that has been the subject of conflicting reports since the suicide this summer of Kevin Morrissey, the managing editor. Morrissey's death led some people (and some news reports) to say that he had been bullied in the work place by the top editor at the review, Ted Genoways. Others, however, said that Genoways was being unfairly made a scapegoat for a tragedy. The university's report does not cite evidence of bullying, and also finds that the university did not ignore evidence of serious problems. The university did observe that it had heard of personnel tensions at the Review, but said that many saw those issues as "conflicts between a creative, innovative manager and persons who did not share the editor's aspirations." The report notes that some actions taken as a result of the inquiry are not being made public as they involve personnel. And the report identifies problems with documentation of some spending and states that funds "arguably were not spent in a judicious manner."

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