CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia's governor is threatening to replace the entire University of Virginia governing board if it doesn't resolve the furor over the school president's ouster when it meets Tuesday.
Gov. Bob McDonnell said in a letter to the Board of Visitors on Friday that he doesn't want the controversy to linger past next week's meeting.
State law allows the governor to remove university board members for malfeasance, misfeasance, incompetence or gross neglect of duty.
The board announced Thursday that it will convene Tuesday to reconsider the forced resignation of President Teresa Sullivan. Students, faculty, university deans and alumni have rallied in support of Sullivan's reinstatement.
Carl Ziethaml, the university dean appointed as Sullivan's interim replacement, said Friday that he won't do anything related to the job until after the board meeting.