After the ouster of the University of Virginia’s popular president, donations dropped by half and then doubled upon her return, signaling what they thought of the president’s temporary ouster. On June 10, the public university’s governing board unexpectedly announced the resignation of Teresa A. Sullivan, 62, in a secretive move that caused uproar on Thomas Jefferson’s historic Charlottesville campus while most students were away on break.
Sullivan, the first woman to head the university, was reinstated on June 26 after large-scale protests, online petitions, and angry calls by faculty, students, donors, and alumni from across the country. Bob Sweeney, the university’s senior vice president for development and public affairs, told The Associated Press that the end result of the drama gave the university its best June since 2008, receiving $44.4 million in cash and pledges from donors. Sweeney said, “When Sullivan resigned our giving dropped in half and when she was reinstated our giving doubled.”