Rector Dragas responds to McDonnell's statement
Below is a statement by University Rector Helen Dragas, following Gov. Bob McDonnell's letter to the Board of Visitors Friday calling for the University presidency be resolved Tuesday or else he would ask the Board to resign.
"Statement by Helen E. Dragas\nRector, University of Virginia\nJune 22, 2012
Governor McDonnell is right that three meetings on this issue are enough, and we must get final resolution on this matter on Tuesday so the UVA family can move forward.
I also agree with him on the importance of providing clear explanations of our actions, as I aimed to do in my statement yesterday, while being mindful of the constraints of the confidentiality of personnel matters and the non-disparagement agreements in the President's contract.
I appreciate the Governor's leadership in affirming the importance of Board governance, and that we alone are appointed to make these decisions on behalf of the University, free of influence from outside political, personal or media pressure.
I look forward to a respectful and dignified meeting on Tuesday, and to an important discussion of the implications of any decision we make on the ability of future Boards to lead the University"