If you live in Virginia or have been watching the news you’ve probably heard of the sudden (and very political) dismissal of University of Virginia’s PresidentPresident Teresa Sullivan. The University students are not happy one bit. Neither are the faculty and staff.
While most everyone in Virginia had something to say about UVA’s Board of Directors, the Governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell has been silent until very recently when shit hit the proverbial fan in Charlottesville. Governor McDonnell is threatening to replace the entire board if the crisis isn’t resolved. DCist reports:
“I want final action by the Board on Tuesday,” he writes. “If you fail to do so, I will ask for the resignation of the entire Board on Wednesday…
In his letter, McDonnell asks all parties—faculty, administrators, donors and politicians—who have waded into the fight to take a step back from the fray ahead of another board meeting Tuesday, when members will consider reinstating Sullivan. But he’s also firm in his expectation of a clear result from that meeting: Either the Board of Visitors will make a final decision, or they’re all gone.
I find his current actions to be another example of just how sleazy this man can be. He has a history of doing one thing, but saying another. Take the recent controversy over appointing a gay judge to the state judiciary: McDonnell comes out after the controversy is in its height of ridiculousness and says he wouldn’t deny appointing the judge, while he had a history of leading the charge to deny gays the judiciary a few years prior when he was a state senator.
So this time around McDonnell appoints a board that is hostile to UVA’s academic standards (it’s not like he and his Attorney General have a stellar reputation with UVA), then when that hostile board makes decisions McDonnell would probably support in private to dismantle what he sees as a “liberal mecca of secularism” (also known as college) McDonnell tries to look like the good guy by asking for their resignation if they can’t “fix” the problem (but not necessarily reinstate Sullivan). So Bob gets what he wants and doesn’t have to take any personal responsibility yet again.