George Mason University public policy professor Lee Fritschler says Sullivan’s ouster shows a “…conflict or clash between those who think that universities should be run like a business and those who see universities as somewhat, even quite, different.”
Additionally, former University of Virginia Vice President Robert O’Neil says the university’s budget is already quite lean.
“I remain baffled about the notion that somehow there was a different tougher, harder budgeting process that she should have pursued,” says O’Neil. “It does not make any sense to me.”
Fritschler says the situation is an example of the conflicts facing other universities across the country.
“Traditional university education is threatened from a lot of directions but this is a clear example of it in my mind,” says Fritschler.
Gov. Bob McDonnell says the board could have been more transparent in its decision, but he won’t interfere.