It's now clear from the UVa Board of Visitors emails that the Rector and Vice-Rector were worried about spin control early on in the process of forcing out President Sullivan. The Influential UVa donor and alumnus, John Paul Jones, joined that effort with his June 17 op-ed reasserting the need for a radical change in leadership. "Change is never easy", he expained, but "It is time for a revolution." His first "alarming" proof of the sorry state of affairs at UVa requiring removal of a two year old university president:
"UVa’s U.S. News and World Report ranking has fallen steadily since 1988 — from No. 15 to No. 25, with a ding from No. 24 taking place as early as last year."
That, plus the "distressing" fact of a 43% yield on admissions. (Imagine how they're feeling at Duke, with its 42% yield.)
Well then. It's settled.