Timeline of the mobilization of the UVA Community

6/10 The Email that Shocked the University: Rector Helen Dragas Announces President Sullivan’s Resignation
6/13 Creation of “Students, Friends, & Family United for the Reinstatement of President Sullivan and a related online petition
6/15 Faculty Senate Executive Committee issues a Statement of No-Confidence in the Board of Visitors
6/17 Faculty Senate holds an Emergency meeting attended by over 800 faculty members and 200 members of the public during which they issue a united Statement of No-Confidence in the Board of Visitors and call for President Sullivan’s Reinstatement
6/18 Rally for Transparency is held on the Lawn and attracts over 3,000 Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alums from across the region. At 2am on 6/19, after an 11 hour meeting, the BOV appoints Dean Carl Zeithaml as interim president.
6/19 The Facebook Group mounts “Operation Firestorm”, designed to bombard Virginia politicians and the BOV with calls for reinstatement. That evening, UVA’s student newspaper, the Cavalier Daily, releases the FOIA’d Dragas-Kington emails.
6/20 Invigorated by the FOIA emails, The Facebook Group begins “Operation Outrage”, to continue pressure on Virginia politicians and the BOV. Planning starts for the Rally for Honor.
6/21 The Facebook Group reaches over 12,500 members and 3 members of the BOV announce an emergency meeting of the BOV for Tuesday, 6/26. With reinstatement suddenly back in the realm of possibility, the Rally for Honor gains further momentum and importance as a potential pivot point.
6/24 The Rally for Honor is held on the Lawn. Featuring over 30 speakers from across the UVA schools and community and amidst severe thunderstorm warnings, it draws a crowd of over 2,000 from around the region. It also features a “virtual rally” of photos of alums holding signs of support for reinstatement which are mounted on stakes and placed on the Lawn.
6/26 The Day that We Will Never Forget: Teresa Sullivan is unanimously reinstated as President of the University of Virginia

Further Information

UVA Magazine

Special Edition: From Resignation to Reinstatement

UVA Archive

Detailed Documents Relating to Presidential Transition

UVA Small Collections Archive

Historical Archive of Materials Related to the Reinstatement of President Sullivan 

Chronicle of Higher Education

Teresa Sullivan Resigns

The Washington Post

UVA Upheaval- 18 Days of Leadership Crisis 

The Hook

Sullivan oustermath: A timeline of UVA in tumult

The Daily Progress

Timeline of Sullivan’s Ouster and Return 


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