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There are 23 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Jun 29, 2012, titled Governor McDonnell Announces UVA Board of Visitors Appointments - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA .... In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

Governor Bob McDonnell today announced the appointment of six University of Virginia Board of Visitors positions, along with two senior board advisors, newly-created positions established by the governor.

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money talks

United States

#1 Jun 29, 2012
4 years was enough for dragas. some just can't move on. the conflicts are not over with this move.
McD the chump

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Jun 29, 2012
Gov Bob keeps messing up and messing up...good lord, haven't we had enough of Dragas AND Leonard Sandridge???

Farmville, VA

#3 Jun 29, 2012
WHAT THE WHAT ....why would you do that
Victor Manuel

Springfield, VA

#4 Jun 29, 2012
The reappointment of Helen Dragas after her disgraceful leadership role in ousting Sullivan is outrageous. It is also an insult to the UVA community and ensures that relations between her and Sullivan will not be smooth, regardless of what they may say in public statements. This reappointment is also totally inconsistent with the Governor's very strong criticism of Dragas' actions which led to the crisis. Even if the Governors offers to reappont her, she should as matter of principle and honor decline to serve. She had her chance and blew it big time.

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Jun 29, 2012
I have never been so disappointed in a Virginia Governor in my life! You will have no more of my support, financially or emotionally! What a horrible decision you have made!

Charlottesville, VA

#6 Jun 29, 2012
Bobbo is a total nut case.

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Jun 29, 2012
Under no circumstances should Dragas have been reappointed. This is yet another stain on the university's reputation.
UVA alumna

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Jun 29, 2012
Perhaps we should stop throwing stones at Rector Dragas.

I didn't believe that asking for President Sullivan's resignation was appropriate, but that is all water under the bridge.

What is important is the future of UVA. Something Rector Dragas is obviously passionate about.

Governor Mcdonnell made some very wise choices.

Richmond, VA

#9 Jun 29, 2012
I am starting to believe that Governor McDonnell is actually a semi-trained baboon. A well-trained baboon would at least have seen the wisdom of appointing someone else to lead the board.
Hoo 92

Charlottesville, VA

#10 Jun 29, 2012
Why am I not surprised? I'm very disappointed in McDonnell's decision to reappoint Dragas. I don't doubt that she loves the University and believes she's acted in the University's best interests, but the very fact that she bungled BOV governance so badly indicates that she may not be the best to continue serving on the BOV, much less as rector. Regardless of other visitors' contributions to the botched process that brought the University to its knees, Dragas is the face of that debacle and will continue to be a lightning rod attracting distrust.
I also hold other visitors responsible for botching the process and wouldn't have been disappointed if many or all of them would have resigned so we could start with a clean slate that had no connection to the incident that so seriously ripped the U.Va. community. It will be challenging to repair the damage done, especially with the people responsible still in positions of power.

Charlottesville, VA

#11 Jun 29, 2012
As long as sullivan understands her role as president and her responsibility as the university's chief beggar things should go smoothly......I don't believe sullivan ever really understood her role as president of the university from the git-go....As for dragas, the board should be made up of more people like her with a back-bone...not the spineless girly men who now serve on the board....The board leads the university and dragas seems to understand that function....jmho

Charlottesville, VA

#13 Jun 29, 2012
This must certainly be some kind of political ploy as it makes no sense after all the University community has been through in June. I believe the Governor is sending a message to State Universities that prompt changes need to be made because they will be seeing less and less State funding.

Perhaps now donations will roll in from BOTH sides of the debate and that was the incentive for her reappointment.

And to jogger -- it is not the sole responsibility of the President of UVA to seek donations and financial support. There is a well-connected set of Foundation offices across grounds that should be stepping up to the plate, as well as the wonderful faculty/researchers, and Deans of Schools.

Charlottesville, VA

#14 Jun 29, 2012
Money changes everything

Charlottesville, VA

#15 Jun 29, 2012
Would you angry villagers like some torches and pitchforks to wave around while you express your indignation?

Leave the poor woman alone.

Charlottesville, VA

#16 Jun 29, 2012
I don't like Dragas, but what if she wasn't the prime mover behind the Sullivan firing, but rather the governor was. Dragas and Kingston may have taken all the heat for someone else's maneuver. What if?
reality bites

Charlottesville, VA

#17 Jun 29, 2012
Dumb move from any standpoint. Only in the south.

Collinsville, VA

#19 Jun 30, 2012
S, instead of appointing members with a fresh and current perspective Governor McDonnell left some of the same problem children in place and added back some old blood in an attempt to gain favor with the old school that obviously still runs Uva. Some things never change. Cha ching!

Johnson City, TN

#20 Jun 30, 2012
I guess no one should be surprised at this political pandering. With a 30 million endowment from Jones hanging in the balance the golden rule prevails every time. Jone has the gold and therefore he makes the rules. McDonnell is just the puppet and I guess we all know where Helen spends her nights...
Civil Discourse

Charlottesville, VA

#21 Jun 30, 2012
Come on guys! These two could become a great example to Congress on how to work together despite differing philosophies. The outcome of the reinstatement issue was a compromise and work toward the middle path. It would've been very negative to not reinstate her after that outcome. I'm for a wait and see attitude.

Charlottesville, VA

#23 Jul 1, 2012
I’ve pointed out previously that members of UVa's Board (Dragas and Kington, for example)–– and cognitively-challenged members of Bob McDonnell's entourage –– have latched on to education privatization schemes of people like John Chubb and Terry Moe (who were referenced in Board e-mails).

Chubb and Moe are at the Hoover Institution, a conservative "think" tank that promotes "free enterprise" and the privatization of public education. Both Chubb and Moe are members of Hoover's Koret Task Force on K-12 education, funded by the Koret Foundaton. The Koret Foundation pushes "market-based K-12 education reform" and subscribes to the mistaken and easily disproved notion that "America's broken educational system lies at the heart of our nation's troubles" and drastic "reform" is imperative for "economic competitiveness."

Chubb and Moe recently (2009) wrote a book titled Liberating Learning: Technology, Politics, and the Future of American Education. In it, Chubb and Moe push all the conservative "reform" buttons: competition, charter schools, vouchers, merit pay for teachers. Technology is what will "make our children better educated." The problem –– and it's a big one –– is that there's little or no research to back any of it up.

Here's their web site. Click on Virginia in the map to find out about "recent developments" in the Commonwealth regarding technology and privatization initiatives.

Bob McDonnell had to have been involved in the effort to oust Teresa Sullivan. As Chubb and Moe noted, McDonnell pushed very hard in the last legislative session for more charter schools and "virtual school opportunities." Conservatives, especially Republicans (but also business-oriented "fiscal conservatives like Helen Dragas), view education simply as a commodity to be bought and sold. They refuse to acknowledge the historical foundation of public education as a central civic responsibility of government in a democratic republic. More than two thousand years ago, Aristotle understood the importance of public schooling to democratic citizenship, noting that "each government has a peculiar character...the character of democracy creates democracy, and the character of oligarch creates oligarchy, and always the better the character, the better the government."

With his latest appointments, especially those Bobbie Kilberg and Frank Atkinson, McDonnell – like his national Republican cohorts –– has opted for oligarchy.

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