University of Virginia President Theresa A. Sullivan was reinstated today by the board that ousted her earlier this month.
According to the New York Times, the 15-member Board of Visitors called a special meeting to discuss the issue and voted unanimously to return Sullivan to her position, which she held for only 2 years prior to being "forced out."
Sullivan was ousted amid rising concerns about the University's technological savvy and competitiveness. The "secretive" board decision that terminated her position was said by some to resemble a coup d'etat, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The decision angered the governor, who threatened to fire the entire governing board, as well as many students and faculty who organized in protest.
The interim president appointed by the board publicly disagreed with Sullivan's removal, and finally said he would not assume his new role as Sullivan's reinstatement became more likely.
According to the San Francisco chronicle, Sullivan thanked supporters when her reinstatement was publicly announced.
"You have shown beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am not alone. I believe that together we'll do great things for the university," she said.