Thursday, April 18
Plenary Session I
On June 10, 2012, faculty, staff, students and alumni of the University of Virginia (UVA) received an unexpected email. After just two years on the job, Teresa Sullivan, UVA’s first woman president and leader of the university Thomas Jefferson founded, had resigned. The news shocked the univerity community around the world, and quickly became the talk of colleges and universities across the U.S. Details emerged about irregularities in how UVA’s board forced President Sullivan’s resignation, so the crisis remained national news. What followed was a swift, astonishing groundswell of opposition. After dramatic events, rallies, and faculty and alumni resignations, UVA’s board met again 17 days later and reversed itself, reinstating President Sullivan. Repercussions from June’s events continue today.
A panel of people involved in UVA’s crisis and its continuing aftermath will discuss what happened from the perspective of students, alumni and news media.
Matthew Cameron is former editor-in-chief at The Cavalier Daily (UVA student newspaper). Cameron is a fourth year student at UVA, where he is in the Political and Social Thought distinguished major program. He has blogged for the ThinkProgress division of the Center for American Progress, and his writing on politics, student media and higher education has been featured in The Free Lance-Star, Campus Progress, Virginia Policy Review and the Washington Post. Cameron has also appeared on several radio shows including WNRN’s "Sunday Morning Wake Up Call," WHRV’s "HearSay with Cathy Lewis," and WTOP's morning news program. Connect with Matthew on Twitter.
Richard Marks is a UVA alumnus, attorney, and a leader of the UVA Governance Roundtable. As co-founder and president of Patient Command, Inc., his company is developing a health record bank platform and a secure personal health record system for the Internet. Richard practiced law in Washington, D.C. from 1972 to 2003, serving as a partner at Dow, Lohnes & Albertson for 25 years, and later at Vinson & Elkins, and Davis Wright Tremaine. He was a founding trustee of the U.Va. College Foundation and a member of its audit committee, and remains an emeritus trustee. Richard holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate and is a certified flight instructor. He holds a B.A. from UVA and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
Jenna Johnson is a higher education reporter at The Washington Post. In the past year, she has written about the UVA leadership crisis, the University of Maryland's move to the Big Ten, the child sex abuse scandal involving Penn State, the murder trial of a former UVA lacrosse player, and university threat-assessment teams in the wake of mass shootings. Over the years, Jenna has experimented with blogging, live-blogging, social media and other emerging ways of finding, telling and sharing stories. Jenna grew up in Omaha and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.