University of Virginia board votes to reinstate ousted president

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Photo - A crowd gathers Tuesday to celebrate the board's decision at the University of Virginia. (Steve Contorno/Examiner)
A crowd gathers Tuesday to celebrate the board's decision at the University of Virginia. (Steve Contorno/Examiner)
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CHARLOTTESVILLE – The University of Virginia Board of Visitors voted unanimously Tuesday to reinstate ousted President Teresa Sullivan, cutting a deal that aims to end 16 days of turmoil on the state's storied campus.

The vote reversed the board's June 10 decision to force out Sullivan as the school's top administrator and was welcomed by hundreds of students and faculty gathered outside the meeting calling for her return. The crowd could be heard from the second-story room cheering on the Lawn outside.

Rector Helen Dragas, the board's leader who worked behind the scenes to remove Sullivan after just two years at the helm, apologized for her role in the debacle and promised to work with Sullivan moving forward.

The board also gave Dragas a unanimous vote of confidence.

Carl Zeithaml, who said he would accept the role of interim president if the board voted against Sullivan's reinstatement, will return to his post as dean of the McIntire School of Commerce.

Follow Twitter updates below from Examiner reporter Steve Contorno:

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