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Update: UVA Board of Visitors Member Releases Statement About Decision

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Update Tuesday 3:30 p.m.:

Charlottesville, VA - After 11 hours of debate, the Board of Visitors decided in the middle of the night to name Carl Zeithaml as interim president.

He is the Dean of the School of Commerce - and will take over for Sullivan on August 15th.

The board voted 12 to one to approve his hiring, with the only dissenting vote coming from Roanoke native Heywood Fralin.

Fralin issued a statement Tuesday about his vote saying in part, "My vote was an indication of my dissatisfaction with the process and the decision that led to the resignation of Terry Sullivan. It is my opinion that the process leading to her resignation was flawed."

Read Fralin's complete statement:

As you are probably aware, in the open session of the Board of Visitors when the motion was made to name Carl Zeithaml as the Interim President of the University of Virginia I voted no. I would like to further explain my vote. It had nothing to do with my opinion of Carl Zeithaml's leadership abilities. I have served on two search committees with Carl and believe him to be an extraordinary and capable leader. I like him as a person, and admire his leadership at the Commerce School, which is the highest rated school at the University of Virginia and is viewed by many to be the first or second best Commerce School in the nation.

My vote was an indication of my dissatisfaction with the process and the decision that lead to the resignation of Terry Sullivan. I have not been presented with evidence that I believe merits asking for her resignation, nor have I ever indicated that I would be willing to support such an effort. Given an opportunity I would have also voted to support her reinstatement. It is my opinion that the process leading to her resignation was flawed. I am convinced that in the future the Board of Visitors will always meet in a scheduled meeting to discuss issues involving the President.

Now that Carl has been selected as the Interim President I believe that we should all join behind his selection and work together to unify the university community in support of this institution that we love. It damages the university for us to be divided. We all, the board of visitors, the faculty, the students, the alumni and friends, and the employees must work together to make this university the best it can be. The University of Virginia is far more important than any one of us.

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Charlottesville, VA - The University of Virginia Board of Visitors has ignored calls to reinstate Teresa Sullivan as president.

After 11 hours of debate, members named McIntire School of Commerce Dean Carl Zeithaml as interim president.  He will take over for Sullivan on August 15th.

This comes after a rally on the UVA lawn Monday.  Hundreds of people came out in support of Sullivan.  

Sullivan is UVA's first female president and has spent less than two years in charge.
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