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University Of Virginia Faculty Questions President's Dismissal

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The Rotunda, copied from Rome's Pantheon, is the signature structure of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
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The Rotunda, copied from Rome's Pantheon, is the signature structure of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

 

Academic leaders at the University of Virginia are calling for the Board of Visitors to reconsider their dismissal of President Teresa Sullivan, according to the Associated Press. 

The 33 faculty department heads and program directors of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences sent a letter and joined the Faculty Senate's request for more information regarding Sullivan's ouster. 

They're asking that the board reopen discussion with Sullivan and the faculty. They expressed concern that the decision would harm how current and prospective faculty, students and donors perceive the university. 

The school's rector announced Sullivan would step down Aug. 15. Sullivan cited ``philosophical differences.'' 

Faculty Senate leaders issued a statement criticizing the board for failing to fully explain its decision, and are requesting a meeting with board members to discuss the issue. 

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