June 19, 2012- Charlottesville, Virginia home to the University of Virginia was the site of a protest on Monday. Leaders of the school’s faculty demanded that the school’s president be reinstated and that two board members from the school that were involved in the president’s firing, resign their posts. However, school officials did not show any signs of complying with the demands of the faculty, but did acknowledge they might not have handled the sudden departure of President Teresa Sullivan well.
In a statement from university officials, they said they recognized their actions lent themselves to be perceived as opaque and not maintaining the honored traditions of their university even though they genuinely tried to maintain the dignity of all the parties involved.
The statement was not sufficient for faculty members who met privately earlier with members of the board to demand they remove two rectors from their positions. The faculty also requested that they be given a position of voting on the school’s board. The meeting between the two groups came just prior to a possible vote on a successor to the ousted president.
While the meeting took place, over 2,000 people gathered to show support for Sullivan. Sullivan had earlier made remarks to the members of the board defending her work performance since August 2010 when she took office. She outlined her strategy, including a new budget model.
Several school donors have said they will stop pledging money to the school because of Sullivan’s ouster. On such donor has given millions of dollars to the university, but said she will no longer give money until certain members of the board leave.