The University of Virginia Faculty Senate will meet Sunday in emergency session in advance of a Monday meeting with the school’s Board of Visitors over the removal of President Teresa Sullivan, senate leaders announced.
The 5 p.m. meeting of the senate’s executive council is open to the public and will be held in the Darden Abbot Auditorium of the university’s business school, according to an announcement on the senate’s Web site.
Leaders of the university’s governing board ousted Sullivan last week largely because of her unwillingness to consider dramatic program cuts in the face of dwindling resources and for her perceived reluctance to approach the school with the bottom-line mentality of a corporate chief executive.
Sullivan’s resignation after less than two years has prompted an unprecedented backlash on the historic Grounds: a flurry of no-confidence votes and protest letters from groups of faculty, administrators and students; a 2,000-signature petition; and a Facebook protest page with more than 3,000 members. Many want the enormously popular president reinstated.