What really upsets me about this morning’s email is the blatantly artificial tone of the message. Some dipshit PR firm was involved. See the token Jefferson quote—-a desperate stretch for an ounce of gravitas. The main complaint: NO INFORMATION! The type of statement that just creates hundreds of new questions.
As a UVA faculty member, I hope to drill down on this. Figure out what the beef was about, and then consider a protest. Speaking as a faculty member, Sullivan was REAL HOPE for many of us here. She was going to bring rationality and ambition to a place that is mostly ‘ye olde va boys.
UPDATE: This link has more from the BOV side. Does not make sense to me! You cannot fire a Prez after 2 yrs bc you think she is not moving fast enough. Especially after you let the last president stick around for 17 yrs.
To members of the University community:
On behalf of the Board of Visitors, we are writing to tell you that the Board and President Teresa Sullivan today mutually agreed that she will step down as president of the University of Virginia effective August 15, 2012.
We express our deep appreciation to President Sullivan for her effective stewardship of the University. She is a much respected educator, as well as a visible presence in the University community and a prominent voice in higher education.
President Sullivan commented on the great honor to serve as President of the University of Virginia. She said, “Although the board and I have a philosophical difference of opinion, I will always treasure having had the opportunity to work with so many gifted faculty and staff, talented students, and loyal alumni. I am also grateful for the privilege to have worked with our extraordinary vice presidents and deans.”
For the past year, the Board has had ongoing discussions about the importance of developing, articulating and acting on a clear and concrete strategic vision. The Board believes that in the rapidly changing and highly pressurized external environment in both health care and in academia, the University needs to remain at the forefront of change.
We remain guided by Mr. Jefferson’s inspirational vision:
“The great object of our aim from the beginning has been to make this Establishment the most eminent in the United States.”
In service to that vision, the Board is committed to preserving the legacy with which we have been entrusted. At the core of that legacy is the quality and care of our faculty and staff. We have made a clear choice to act in the best interest of all concerned.
We assure you that the Board of Visitors will move expeditiously to name an interim president and to begin a search for a new leader. We hope you will assist us as we move through this time of change and strive for a smooth and productive transition.
On behalf of the Board of Visitors,
Helen E. Dragas, Rector
Mark Kington, Vice Rector
Helen Dragas, rector approved distribution of this message.
Taking a pano spin from Mt Etna with arqball
After you signup for Google 2-factor login, mac iCal will stop working. It will prompt you for your password, and neither your main password nor an application-specific password that you have configured will not work.
The solution is to ignore the prompt that pops up for password, go into Preferences → Accounts → Edit Account. The “Mail, Contact, and Calendars” dialogue will appear, you enter “Details” and now type your application-specific password into this window. Restart iCal and it will begin to work.
PS: To configure an application-specific password, go to google, click your profile picture, click “Account” and “Account overview” and finally the “Edit” link next to “Authorizing applications & sites.”