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U of Virginia Board Extends President's Contract

May 20, 2015
 

The board of the University of Virginia has extended the contract of President Teresa A. Sullivan by two years, through 2018, The Washington Post reported. Sullivan was named president in 2010, and narrowly avoided ouster by some board members in 2012, but a protest movement by students, alumni and faculty members kept her in office. In recent months, Sullivan's contract negotiations have taken place against a backdrop of difficulties for the university -- such as the now discredited article in Rolling Stone about an alleged rape -- that were not of Sullivan's making. While board members expressed strong support for Sullivan in extending her contract beyond 2016, they included a clause that would permit her term to end in fall 2017 if a successor has been selected. One board member -- Helen Dragas -- abstained from the vote. She led the effort to oust Sullivan in 2012.

 
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