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Group of UVa Alumni Seeking Board of Visitors Reform

Sept. 20, 2013

Prominent University of Virginia alumni are lobbying Virginia's candidates for governor to change how UVa's governing board is selected.

The Washington Post reports that the effort is being led by the UVa Council of Foundations. The chairman says, the goal is to have at least eight of the 17 board members chosen from a pool selected by UVa alumni and supporters, instead of the governor appointing campaign donors and political allies.

Currently the governor's appointments are approved more than six months later by the General Assembly. The board must contain at least 12 UVa graduates.

The UVa Board of Visitors has been under scrutiny since last summer, when its leaders ousted President Teresa A. Sullivan. The board reversed its decision after protests from alumni, faculty and others.

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