U.Va. vice rector resigns amid campus turmoil

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Local,Virginia,Steve Contorno

Mark Kington, vice rector to the University of Virginia Board of Visitors, resigned Tuesday over the fallout from the board's decision to oust President Teresa Sullivan.

In a brief letter to Gov. Bob McDonnell, Kington said he hopes his decision will "begin a needed healing process at this university."

"In order to better serve this university, which I love and respect, and to help bring about new leadership on the Board of Visitors at this critical time, I am resigning my position as Vice Rector and board member effective immediately," Kington wrote.

Board member Heyward Fralin also released a statement saying he disapproved of the board's actions and would have voted to reinstate Sullivan, if given the opportunity. In an act of protest, Fralin on Tuesday voted against the appointment of School of Commerce Dean Carl Zeithaml as interim president.

Sullivan served two years as president before the board forced her resignation earlier this month. The board held an emergency meeting Monday behind closed doors that didn't end until early Tuesday morning as students, faculty and alumni protested outside.

scontorno@washingtonexaminer.com

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