Teresa Sullivan, who was forced to resign as president of the University of Virginia under unclear circumstances, may have refused to eliminate financially unsustainable programs in the liberal arts department. According to The Washington Post:
They [the board members] felt Sullivan lacked the mettle to trim or shut down programs that couldn’t sustain themselves financially, such as obscure academic departments in classics and German
Inside Higher believes this revelation will only increase faculty outrage over Sullivan’s ouster.
Meanwhile, Fix Editor Nathan Harden wonders whether Sullivan’s removal had anything to do with allegations against a possibly fraudulent book she co-authored with embattled Senate candidate and Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren (she of non-Cherokee descent).