I can’t help but follow the ongoing saga about the removal of University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan.
What caught my eye in the June 20 front-page article “Turmoil continues on U-Va. campus” was the makeup of the university’s governing board. How can a university in which 55 percent of the undergraduates are female have a board of 16 members that includes only three women?
I sure hope that Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) will start to rectify this unjust board membership when he makes his new appointments.
Sherry Saunders, Washington
The writer is director of communications for the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation.
Lost so far in the discussion of “tumult” at the University of Virginia is the curious composition of the Board of Visitors. All are from business; none is from academia, the not-for-profit sector, the media or public service. Among the three women is the only African American.
Certainly that is not reflective of the state’s population. Surely the board represents a myopic perspective on the functions and structure of public education. And it is absolutely unrepresentative for a public institution.
Owen Cylke, Bethesda
Regarding the biographical sketches in the June 20 Metro article “Players and their roles in the U-Va. controversy”:
I can see why the name and job of ousted president Teresa Sullivan’s husband would be included; he is a professor at the University of Virginia’s law school. But The Post also gave the name and occupation of Rector Helen E. Dragas’s husband and noted that she has three children.
Why include that information? Why mention only in passing that two of the four men had wives, whose names were not given. No marital status was given for the other two men. Why not?
Only one word comes to my mind to answer those questions.
Beth Cothron, Huntingtown, Md.