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Statement of Carl Zeithaml, Dean of McIntire School of Commerce and Interim President of UVa, resigned!

Jun 22

Things continue to move quickly in Charlottesville.  Carl Zeithaml, Dean of the McIntire School of Commerce, who had been named interim President of U. Va. following the abrupt dismissal of Teresa Sullivan, has now announced that he has suspended negotiations with the Board of Visitors and will not serve as Interim President.

The text of his statement is set out below.

June 22, 2012

Dear University colleagues:

I am grateful for the trust that members of the University’s Board of Visitors expressed in asking me to serve as interim president during this extraordinarily difficult time in the life of our University. I made the decision to accept this transition role because of my love for U.Va., as well as my desire to help in a time of crisis.

In the three days since I accepted this  position, I have talked to many in our community about what transpired on Grounds while I was out of the country on University business, and I received a great deal of input from numerous colleagues, including members of the faculty. I deeply appreciate and respect this input.

Clearly, we agree that the University and its reputation have been damaged these past 13 days, but that together we can mend the harm done and move our great University forward. Trust, one of our core institutional values, has been compromised.

There is an enormous groundswell of support for Terry Sullivan’s reinstatement as our president, and I understand that the Board will meet next week to consider this possibility.  As a result, I am suspending any further negotiations with the Board regarding my status as interim president, as well as any activities associated with this role. In the meantime, I will return my focus to the McIntire School.

Trust cannot be restored in our community until President Sullivan’s status is clarified and ultimately resolved.

With kind regards,

Carl Zeithaml
Dean of the McIntire School of Commerce

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