One day after news broke that Teresa Sullivan is stepping down as UVA president, more facts are coming out that are starting to fill in the gaps. It’s looking like Sullivan may well be, in all practical senses, no longer the president of the university. Here are a few other updates:
- Sullivan is on a five-year contract. (See a copy of her employment contract.)
- Under her contract, if she resigns, she gets nothing from the university. But if she’s terminated without cause, she gets a year’s salary. One has to imagine that she negotiated at least a year’s salary in exchange for her departure.
- The faculty senate is pissed.
- CBS-19 is told that Sullivan has received offers from Michigan, Duke, Chicago, Texas, and Berkeley. Who told them that, and the offers are for, CBS-19 isn’t saying.
- NBC-29 reports that it wasn’t the whole board who voted to accept Sullivan’s resignation—it was just the executive committee. There’s a five-person executive committee, but NBC-29 reports that just three votes were cast (unanimous). I have no idea who is on the executive committee, other than the rector, Helen E. Dragas.
There’s way too much interest in this matter, and too many egos involved, for the whole story not to come out eventually.