Resigning UVa Board Member Criticizes Tuition Hikes

April 15, 2015

A member of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors is resigning his post on the university's 17-member board, and he's not going quietly. As news of his impending exit has spread, Edward D. Miller, a former dean of Johns Hopkins Medical School and leader of Johns Hopkins Medicine, has criticized UVa's recent 11 percent in-state tuition hike for the 2015-16 year and a decline in research funding at the institution. Miller submitted his resignation, effective June 30, to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe in March. His exit comes a year before his four-year term expires.

Miller told the Virginia newspaper The Daily Progress that he disagreed with a March decision to increase in-state tuition rates as a way to subsidize financial aid. “It’s hard for me to understand how you can continue to increase the rate of tuition [faster than] the rate of inflation year after year,” Miller told the newspaper. “What business can survive that except colleges?”

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