A number of state lawmakers want to know EXACTLY what happened behind a closed-door meeting of UVA’s Board of Visitors, which resulted in the ouster of President Theresa Sullivan. One such legislator, Delegate Joe Morrissey of Henrico, has called for a hearing before the House of Delegates Education Committee—and his law firm has offered to pay associated costs. As Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, Morrissey says by law the Board of Visitors must be accountable for its actions.
Meantime, in response to Morrissey’s comments, the Speaker of Virginia House of Delegates says it would be “premature” to call a legislative hearing on Sullivan’s dismissal. William Howell tells the Richmond Times Dispatch the situation is “still very fluid”. The Stafford County Republican is taking a wait and see attitude before determining whether such a hearing would be productive. Howell had that a decision on holding a hearing is “not a question of cost.”