MEMORANDUMTO: Board of Visitors, University of VirginiaFROM: Deans of the Colleges, University of VirginiaDATE: June 21, 2012RE: Reinstatement of Teresa Sullivan, PhDas President of the University of VirginiaWe, the deans of the Colleges of the University of Virginia, respectfully request that theBoard of Visitors (BOV) reconsider their decision of June 8, 2012 and restore Teresa A.Sullivan to the position of President of the University of Virginia.The Deans do not make this suggestion lightly. We are aware of both the dedication andresponsibility that the BOV has for the University, and the fact that the Board has acted inwhat they believe are the best interests of the University despite a substantial amount of discord evoked by the decision in the faculty, the student body, and many members of thestaff.
Among the reasons for the BOV’s decision were concern for the fiscal status of the University
and more rapid action on fiscal and other issues, such as the role of on-line learning in oureducational models and proactive approaches to the demographic changes that will occur inthe faculty (retirements, etc.) in the next 5-8 years.Appointment of an interim President (Carl Zeithaml, the esteemed Dean of the highly ratedMcIntire School of Commerce) will clearly delay rapid action on the fiscal issues and othersubstantial changes that would await the installation of a permanent President. Werecommend strongly that discussions begin immediately to reset the relationship withPresident Sullivan, reconstitute the team she had put together over that past year, andaccelerate the important decisions to be made. The circumstances of the last two weeks haveimpressed on President Sullivan, the Vice Presidents, and the Deans the seriousness withwhich the BOV takes the challenges that face the University
and the need to address theseissues rapidly, thoughtfully, and in a collegial but urgent fashion.Open discourse with clear understanding of what the BOV feels must be accomplished asrapidly as possible will be the most efficacious way of accomplishing the plans for suchstrategic direction. Such a move will restore to the University faculty, students, and all of theDeans
who will be charged with developing and implementing such strategic plans