(You can read the full article here: “At U-Va., e-mails show faltering efforts at crisis control.” And here are related e-mail documents, along with annotations: “The U-Va. crisis communications effort.”)

As the board and others released statements to explain their positions, faculty, alumni and other supporters of U-Va. President Teresa A. Sullivan payed close attention to the wording in those statements. Here are a few phrases that were quoted over and over again:


What was the philosophical difference between Sullivan (right), the board and its leader Dragas (left)? (Photo By Norm Shafer/ For The Washington Post) (Norm Shafer/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

“Strategic dynamism.” Hours after the announcement of Sullivan's resignation, a U-Va. business school trustee, Peter Kiernan, sent a mass e-mail stating that he and “two important Virginia alums” knew about Sullivan’s forced resignation weeks ahead of time. The e-mail was widely circulated and led to rumors that a small group of powerful donors had orchestrated the ouster. The e-mail repeatedly used the abstract biz-school-sounding phrase “strategic dynamism,” a term that came to represent differing opinions on how best to run a university.


A banner left on the steps of the U-Va. Rotunda in June. (Photo by Jenna Johnson) ( (Photo by Jenna Johnson))

“Modicum of candor.” Early on, the U-Va. student newspaper requested e-mails exchanged by Dragas and Kington in the days before the ouster was announced. In one of those e-mails, which is a public record, Kington contemplated communicating with a reporter, telling Dragas and another university official: “Maybe a modicum of candor is called for— Helen, your thoughts?” Those seeking a full explanation of Sullivan’s ouster began using the phrase “modicum of candor” in their pleas.


Dragas and her board at a meeting on June 19. (AP Photo/The Daily Progress, Sabrina Schaeffer) (Sabrina Schaeffer/AP)

“#BOV.” Each state school has a different system of public governance. Most public universities in Virginia are governed by a “board of visitors” that is appointed by the governor. The leader of the board is the “rector.” In June, these odd words became an even stronger part of the U-Va. lexicon. So, too, did the Twitter hashtag, #BOV.

What phrases and buzzwords did I forget? Go ahead and post them in the comments section below.