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There are 28 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Jun 19, 2012, titled Sullivan Ouster Fallout Felt on Grounds - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

The NBC29 newsroom received the following letter of resignation from Bill A. Wulf University Professor, Dept.

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Charlottesville, VA

#1 Jun 19, 2012
And so it begins . . .

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Jun 19, 2012
i was going to say, and the hits keep coming....

Silver Spring, MD

#3 Jun 19, 2012
As a CS grad, this is def a big blow for our CS program. I never had a class with either him or his wife (actually didn't know they taught), you can wiki them, and they're pretty important. dang...

Takoma Park, MD

#4 Jun 19, 2012
Bravo! Let's hope this is the start of a significant group of faculty voting with their feet.
UVA Law Alum

Hopewell, VA

#5 Jun 19, 2012
I'm torn. The rebellious part of me had to stand up and cheer this brave decision. I also love UVA and sincerely hope that the actions of the BOV do not cause long term damage to the school. Perhaps with new board members and a new rector in place the committee tasked with the incredibly difficult job of replacing (reappointing?) Sullivan will find someone truly up to the job and worthy to lead our excellent faculty. I sincerely hope that if faculty leave on principle, they would be equally willing to return and help the university right itself if an appropriate President is selected over the course of the next year.
Kelsey S

Dublin, Ireland

#6 Jun 19, 2012
I'd like to urge faculty reading this to NOT resign and to realize that protesting the BOV at the expense of providing UVA Students their quality education would only make this unfortunate situation so much worse. President Sullivan has said in her statements the importance of maintaining the quality of the UVA education, having such valuable professors leave would be the exact opposite. As a student in the Class of 2013, I am not in a position to transfer out of the university in protest, and I would really like my degree to be achieved with, at the very least, the same academic standards as before even though it may be unfortunately and unavoidably tarnished by the scandal of the past few weeks. Do not take this out on the students, our education has been mucked by the politics enough.
Laurel Wittman

Alexandria, VA

#7 Jun 19, 2012
I took a class with his wife Anita Jones while a student in 1999 and it was a fabulous class. She was an excellent and engaged professor. If we lose both professors, it will be a true loss.
ovary actor

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Jun 19, 2012
must be nice to be wealthy enough to be able to quit b/c your boss(es) p1ssed you off
UVA Alumnus 2005

Greenville, RI

#9 Jun 19, 2012
I'm deeply saddened that things have come to this, but I wholeheartedly support the professor's decision. While I love UVA and want it to survive, Dragas, Kington, and the other Board Members have made it clear that they have no interest in hearing from the faculty on such an important matter as who should lead the college, and Governor McDonnell has indicated that he'd rather sit back and watch UVA burn instead of stepping up and doing something to save the flagship university of his state.

If I were a UVA professor and had the means to retire or go elsewhere, I'd be doing it now. I think a lot of universities and colleges will be more than willing to offer jobs to those UVA faculty who want to leave.

If the faculty, staff, students, and alumni truly wish to have a say in how UVA works, they need to be willing to walk away if--as has occurred--they are refused any voice at all. What these political-appointee businessmen on the Board don't seem to understand is that values like honor, dignity, truth, and open debate really are important to the UVA faculty, and if the Board strips UVA of these qualities, it really is no longer a desirable place to work.

I'll just have to update my resume to indicate that my UVA Ph.D was conferred "before Dragas wrecked UVA."

Charlottesville, VA

#10 Jun 19, 2012
Finally - someone who is refreshingly direct. Because he is leaving, he does not feel the need to carefully choose his words. While I understand and to some extent agree with Kelsey S. and UVA Law Alum, I am willing to bet that the BOV is banking on folks going the route of moving forward despite their misgivings. If people don't stand up and protest with their feet or their withdrawal of donations, then the BOV will have won and their methods validated. They are counting on people sitting down and shutting up "for the good of the University we all love." It seems that Gov. McDonnell and perhaps the General Assembly are the only routes left to stopping the bleeding at this point. We will see who has integrity and values over the next few days.

Wake Forest, NC

#11 Jun 19, 2012
I admire this person for his courage and honesty. I too resigned my position on the faculty of the UVA medical center prior to this embarrassing turn of events. I had thought the problems were simply at the departmental level and/or the medical center, but it is clear that it goes much higher than that. It is a style of leadership many find repulsive and I believe that thoughtful and intelligent people with other better opportunities will quickly follow. Surely this is not what Jefferson envisioned!

Charlottesville, VA

#12 Jun 19, 2012
Yes, Prof. Wulf has the means to retire. Why? Because he's been successful both in the academic and the business worlds. This isn't the decision of an ivory tower theorist. I've heard this man tell a room full of 200 undergraduate engineering students that the only way they'd know if they were successful and engineers is if someone bought their products! In other words, Prof. Wulf has no illusions about the importance of business or business thinking. He is a man of success and stature, in many circles. While drastic, his actions should be considered carefully.

Also, is UVA Law going to be losing a highly regarded professor in all this--namely, Sullivan's husband?

Charlottesville, VA

#13 Jun 19, 2012
Correction: I didn't mean to suggest he's retiring. Just leaving this mess behind.

Austin, TX

#14 Jun 19, 2012
Dr. Wulf is *legendary* in the field of computer science across the country. This is a huge loss for UVA.

Eden Prairie, MN

#15 Jun 19, 2012
I just want to point out that by Dr. Wulf's letter we see that he was teaching a single class. While the University may have had it's profile in CS increased by his employment, he likely had very little direct contact with the students who should be our biggest concern here. I wonder how much he was being paid to teach a single class.
Conservative Townie

Charlottesville, VA

#16 Jun 19, 2012
Wulf's wife was *already* retired, and Wulf did not teach a class last year. I don't see the big loss here.

He is just making as much noise as possible on the way out.

Waynesboro, VA

#17 Jun 19, 2012
Since you probably don't know me from Adam, I've included below a very quick synopsis of my bio and that of my wife (included here since our experiences are shared ones).<<<

Translation: I will now seize the opportunity to blow a note or two on my horn.

Houston, TX

#18 Jun 19, 2012

UVA Professor William Wulf resigns over "a BOV that so poorly understands UVa, and academic culture" and that "the BOV has perpetrated are the worst example of corporate governance I have ever seen." It is interesting that his online UVa bio lists him as the "AT&T Professor of Computer Science and University Professor" but his resignation letter makes no reference to his own sell-out to corporate sponsorship.

His resignation letter makes no reference to his official title, i.e., the "AT&T" corporate sponsorship. A person of true integrity would have made a full and honest representation of his title -- in Prof. Wulf's case he was less than honest, provably.

Did I say "hypocrite"?

Houston, TX

#19 Jun 19, 2012
Good Thing

Wytheville, VA

#20 Jun 19, 2012
I can't say that running the University is in a faculty members job description. For one thing they already have a full-time job. Or do they? Maybe that was something Dr. Sullivan was tasked to rectify.
Seems to me when 80% of the Board votes to approve an interim President in the face of faculty demands to reinstate the old President, they have a pretty good idea the old President has to go and some strong reasons for following through.
A sad end to a great career over his own hubris.

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