ALEXANDRIA — The UVA Faculty Senate has announced a silent vigil to reinstate president Teresa Sullivan, who resigned June 10 under pressure.
The vigil is 5 p.m. Wednesday.
The idea came hours after the Faculty Senate announced the beginning of faculty task forces — for exmple, “Freedom of Information Act” and “Restructuring of the Board” — to handle the fallout , which intensified since Tuesday, when the commerce dean, Carl Zeithaml , was named interim president and Vice Rector Mark Kington resigned.
“We have already made a difference and we will not back down from fighting for our principles and for the university we love,” Faculty Senate Chair George Cohen wrote in a Wednesday statement. “We have work to do. Let’s get to it.”
Kington’s resignation leaves embattled Rector Helen Dragas as a target for tweeters.
“Today’s forecast: Hot, hazy, and humid + Dragas is still rector, so add hell in there too. #uva #dragasresign,” wrote one tweeter Wednesday afternoon.
“Helen Dragas hangs out at candy & toy stores to tell kids there’s no Santa Claus #SicSemperDragas,” wrote another.
Sullivan’s last day on the job is Aug. 15, if her forced resignation stands.