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Now former University of Virginia computer science professor Bill Wulf is making it crystal clear why he's abruptly retiring. Full Story
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Abe

Rocky Mount, VA

#1 Jun 19, 2012
This harms your students more than anyone else...good work!
Parent

Warrenton, VA

#2 Jun 19, 2012
Proof again that having an education does not equal having common sense.
Conservative Townie

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Jun 19, 2012
Dr. Wulf,

Let me give you my bio. I worked for 20+ years in Silicon Valley as a software engineer. During that time, I worked for several companies that were extremely successful and later tanked. I saw close up the decline of once successful companies that accelerated as employees jumped ship. Their reasons for leaving sounded a lot like you:

- I have no wish to be associated with an institution being as badly run [as this]

- you should be ashamed to be a party to this debacle

- I urge [others] to join me

In communities in crisis, one can choose to be part of the solution, or one can turn tail and run. I never turned tail and ran away from trouble in the Silicon Valley, and I have no desire to run away from this problem either. You have chosen the gutless option. Now kindly shut up and let those of us who choose to stay get on with the task of being part of the solution.

You say you want no part of this ongoing fiasco. I say you will have no part in the healing and repair of this institution. Good-bye!
Patriot

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Jun 19, 2012
I ditto the other comments here. What a spotlight-grabbing load of nonsense. Wulf - your career is over anyways. You had a chance to bow out gracefully, and now you have tarnished all you have worked for with this nonsensical act of protest. Shame on you for abandoning the University at its greatest time of need.
Who gives a rats hat

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Jun 19, 2012
you old fart, go ahead, take your toys and
go home~I do hope you learn one last lesson, and that is the grace and dignity that Dr.Sullivan has
given us all the lesson in regarding this disgusting treatment she has been given by the board!
Cry me a river you old bag, good bye and a most good riddens :)
Plastic Bricks

Barnesville, OH

#6 Jun 19, 2012
Professor Wulf,
Thank you for your service and best wishes. Pay no mind to the trolls and pr clowns.
Boo Hoo

Columbus, OH

#7 Jun 19, 2012
What a puzzzie!! First, resigning via email shows a lack of class; second, ranting in said resignation is sophmoric - especially publicly. Any professors or staff that follow, I say good riddance!! UVA would be far better off without you.

I wonder if the "corporate" run UVA denied him a bunch of money to work some crazy project that had little expectation of benefiting anybody but him and so he's bitter...hhhmmmmm?!
bob

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Jun 20, 2012
If you think the BOV is causing people to leave the little university, wait until the economy picks up. All of those skilled employees that have not had a raise for the last six years will be flying off the shelf from uva. Anyone needing medical care will not be seeking uva, more than likely Martha Jefferson will get a huge increase in their new hospital.
Haridass

Charlottesville, VA

#9 Jun 20, 2012
Professor Wulf may have made an overly-dramatic exit from the University, but he makes an important point: the BOV doesn't know what it is doing. Or maybe they do know what they are doing, but are too caught up in their power struggle to see the damage they are causing. I applaud Professor Wulf for his courage.

As for the goons who have maligned Professor Wulf, you all sound like petulant children.
Rush is Right

Charlottesville, VA

#10 Jun 20, 2012
Another socialist elite that wont be missed
George M

Martinsville, VA

#11 Jun 20, 2012
Given that young men and women are relying on their professors to shape and mold them, it appears it is time to go regardless of the circumstances Dr. Wulf and you did not come across the way you intended to in this story I am afraid. There are many good professors out there that will be happy to work at the University, this notion that you will retire and nobody will fill your shoes is a little much and certainly not what your colleagues and UVA want or need right now.

Indifferently speaking, Dr. Sullivan has handled herself the way I would expect someone of her stature to. Her actions and words not only gain some points for her side of this controversy (from bystanders scratching their heads; the majority of us) but it is the way things are supposed to be - period! It is called professionalism, take care of the dirty work behind closed doors, not on the news screaming "look at me." It is unfortunate that this has happened, but it has, and with her resume and attitude she will land on her feet and I feel confident the University will as well.

George M.
- alum.'07
Disillusioned

Charlottesville, VA

#12 Jun 20, 2012
Ah yes, but will he refuse his ample retirement package?

Buh bye.
Yep

United States

#13 Jun 20, 2012
Poor feller may as well leave, he looks about 100, he will probably leave the natural way anyday, anyway!!!! Thanks for taking the hard earned money from the "real" workers in the world!!!!!!!
Sarg

Charlottesville, VA

#14 Jun 20, 2012
"Esteemed" or just "steamed"? Seems the latter.Thanks for the resume, Mr. Ego (I reserve "Dr." for M.D.'s and Dentists), but I,m not hiring right now.
Good Thing

Charlottesville, VA

#15 Jun 20, 2012
People really shouldn't confuse politics with reality. I've been in the computer field for 45 years and never heard of him. He is a legend in his own mind and grandstanding to boot. He didn't have to quit. I can only hope other like-minded people who are part of the faculty hubris problem follow in his footsteps. Those that stay and the new blood that will replace the grandstanders will be part of the solution.
Foo

Charlottesville, VA

#16 Jun 20, 2012
Go back to russia
Read more

Charlottesville, VA

#17 Jun 20, 2012
Check his resume, people. Wulf has and his wife have spent plenty of time in the "real" world, doing "real" work, making "real" money. Socialist elite? Even if that were true, is that somehow worse than the capitalist elite who brought about this nonsense? When those folks start making "business-driven" cuts to institutions and the "trickle down" includes an decline in the prestige and quality of UVA (including the medical center), job loss, etc., we will all be impacted. Hurting UVA--whether or not you're a fan of higher ed--hurts this whole region, in all sorts of ways--economically, most of all. And the BOV and their actions have hurt UVA. If you don't understand that, then you're missing the big picture.
Protector

Charlottesville, VA

#18 Jun 20, 2012
One line of inquiry any enterprising and competent journalist might explore is whether Mr. Wulf was already planning to retire in the immediate future anyway, and exploited this situation to turn what was going to be an ordinary fading away into a dramatic grabbing his ball and running home. If it turns out that Mr. Wulf has not been fully honest in his purported rationale for his departure (i.e., if he had already turned in and had processed his retirement paperwork), it somewhat surrenders the moral high ground that the ouster-objectors currently legitimately have regarding the BOV's failure to honestly and openly communicate with the affected community. Refusing to recognize the legitimacy of the interim president, refusing to meet with him in his new capacity, refusing to negotiate to accept any "solution" other than a return to what was before is not the way a scientist analytically and logically solves a problem -- it's the way a petulant child, not yet capable of rational thought, reacts to not having its desires gratified. Follow the paperwork, check out what Mr. Wulf's future plans already were, and update the report. He mentioned he was not going to be able to teach his one class next fall -- sounds like he may have then been in emeritus status already, rather than a full-timer. It costs relatively little for someone with his kind of nest-egg to call it quits, and such a radical reaction should not be expected by someone who is young and untenured and earning only a small fraction of what the couple dozen elite University Professors pull down.
jogger

Charlottesville, VA

#19 Jun 20, 2012
good riddance...and lets hope and pray that some of the other faculty join him...
Protector

Charlottesville, VA

#20 Jun 20, 2012
Anyway, check the Washington Post, which has a rundown of emails between Dragas and Kington and Strine pre- and post-ouster. Pretty clear that the focus of the BOV is on new methods of higher learning that Stanford, MIT, Harvard are already pursuing, and anxiety about "being left behind." Governance by panic is never a smart way, and right now it looks like all of UVa (and the so-far stunned-into-inaction Governor) are gripped by panic.

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