28 septembre 2013

Supporting Colleagues and Students at UVA

http://www.hastac.org/files/imagecache/Small/hastac-icon.jpgBy Cathy Davidson. HASTAC readers may have heard by now that, with no warning, the University of Virginia Board of Regents demanded last week that the relatively new President of the University, Teresa Sullivan, resign immediately and be stripped of all duties, with an interim person assigned to report directly to the Regents until an acting president can be appointed. This action against Pres Sullivan, who came to UVA from a distinguished time as Provost at the University of Michigan only two years ago, was organized in secret, skirting around established procedures for open administrative review designed to circumvent exactly this kind of unilateral action, especially against an official who enjoys great support from her fellow administrators, her faculty, and her students. Some are calling what happened at this distinguished university an "educational coup." The Board justified its extreme actions by saying that the President was not acting fast enough to cut the budget of the University. This is especially shocking. Sullivan had to spend much of her first years working with faculty to assemble her own administrative team. More...

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