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Va. governor reappoints embattled U.Va. rector

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has reappointed the University of Virginia rector who led the failed effort to oust school president Teresa Sullivan.

McDonnell on Friday reappointed university Rector Helen Dragas of Virginia Beach, who was the main force behind Sullivan’s forced resignation earlier this month. After a backlash from faculty, students, alumni, donors and political leaders, the board unanimously voted Tuesday to reinstate Sullivan.

The governor said he was concerned that Dragas had become the sole target of criticism. He said now is the time for reconciliation, not recrimination.

McDonnell had warned a week ago that he’d seek the resignations of all board members if the board failed to resolve the controversy by this past Tuesday.

The governor also reappointed Edward Miller of Baltimore and tapped four new board members.


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