Helen Dragas, the head of the University of Virginia’s governing board, visited Richmond this month to lobby the lawmakers who will decide whether she will keep her job after spearheading the ouster of the college’s president this summer.
Rector Helen Dragas met with Sen. Janet Howell (D) on Dec. 3, according to a letter from Howell to her constituents, which was provided to the Washington Post on Thursday. Howell, a ranking member of the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee, said she will be “actively opposing” Dragas’ reappointment to the Board of Visitors.
“We had a frank conversation,” Howell said in the letter. “It is my conclusion that [Dragas] does not comprehend the damage done to the University of Virginia, nor does she accept responsibility beyond having poorly managed the President’s removal.”
U-Va. President Teresa Sullivan was removed in June, but was reinstated days later amid protests from faculty and students.