Sullivan Speaks About Resignation

Aug 15, 2012 -- 11:32am

University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan says mistakes were made in the way she handled her forced resignation and subsequent reinstatement.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Sullivan said  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. 

Sullivan recalled thinking at the time she did not want to put the university through a difficult period.

In hindsight, Sullivan says she should have asked for a public vote on the issue rather than just resigning.

When asked if UVA Board of Visitors Rector Helen Dragas has ever apologized to her, Sullivan said she would rather not go there.

The UVA Board of Visitors is scheduled to meet Wednesday and Thursday at a retreat in Richmond. It will be the first time the entire board has been assembled since Sullivan's reinstatement.


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