Read the resignation letter from University Professor Bill Wulf (Computer Science). It’s a beauty. It reminds me of one of those letters that your write in a fever and then debate whether to send or not.
Here’s a snippet:
Dean and Interim President Zeithaml,
By this email I am submitting my resignation, effective immediately. I do not wish to be associated with an institution being as badly run as the current UVa. A BOV that so poorly understands UVa, and academic culture more generally, is going to make a lot more dumb decisions, so the University is headed for disaster, and I don’t want to be any part of that. And, frankly, I think you should be ashamed to be party to this debacle![rather impressive bio goes here]
In short we have extensive experience that spans academia, executive positions in the private sector, government, and board memberships. So we deeply understand the proper conduct of academic administration and the proper oversight of that administration by a board, In my opinion the BOV has perpetrated are the worst example of corporate governance I have ever seen.
To repeat_- I resign. I want no part of this ongoing fiasco.
Wm. A. Wulf University Professor, Dept. of Computer Science University of Virginia, and President Emeritus, National Academy of Engineering
Bill Wulf is not a slacker. It’s unclear whether his wife intends to follow him. There are other tweet rumors that the Vice Rector, Mark Kington
was also in the process of has resigned. The vice rector is the second ranked member of the Board of Visitors who forced Sullivan to resign. Governor McDonnell of Virginia, appears to be cautiously critical of the board’s actions. But half of the board members are his appointees.
And what of the interim president who was appointed today to take Sullivan’s place?
Zeithaml will take a leave of absence from the McIntire School during his tenure as interim president. In March, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the McIntire School as the No. 2 undergraduate business program in the country, and the No. 1 MBA feeder school.
He specializes in the field of strategic management. He joined the McIntire School in 1997.
It sounds like the university community knows *exactly* what’s going on, who is doing it and why. This isn’t about change. It’s a corporate coup of MBA management assholes who are going to restructure the University to be more attentive to their needs. They know nothing about academia but they have a lot of experience with management techniques. Gawd help UVa. They’re going to need it.
If UVa doesn’t have an Occupy group, now’s a good time to start one. If they were located closer to a major metropolitan area, they’d be getting recruits to help make some noise. But Charlottesville is kind of isolated. Nevertheless, I hope the protestors get the attention they deserve. When it can happen at UVa, no university is safe from the bonus class.
Update: the more I read about the forced resignation of Sullivan, the weirder this story gets. A couple of sources (Here and here) are reporting that the board of Visitors did not meet to take a vote to get rid of Sullivan, that there was no unanimous vote and that Rector Dargas has been planning this resignation for months in secret without any faculty input.