Once Embattled UVa. President Gets Contract ExtensionRICHMOND, Va. (CBS/AP) — Five months after some University of Virginia board members tried to oust president Teresa Sullivan, the full board has unanimously voted to add a year to her contract. Friday's action extends Sullivan's contract from five years to six. It now runs through July 31, 2016. Rector Helen Dragas, the main force behind the failed ouster, asked for the motion that was offered by Vice Rector George Martin. Dragas said Sullivan is working hard to address issues of sustainable funding, academic quality and new delivery methods. She emphasized that the board and the administration are working together. The board shocked the Charlottesville campus June 10 when it announced Sullivan would step down. After two weeks of protests by faculty, students and others, the board voted two weeks later to reinstate Sullivan. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.
Twenty-time Grammy winner Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will play the 54th Annual Grammy Awards February 12th. The show will air on CBS. The Recording Academy announced this morning that Springsteen and company will make the Grammys the first stop on their upcoming Wrecking Ball tour.
The Boss joins a list of Grammy performers this year that includes Paul McCartney, Adele, Foo Fighters, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and Bruno Mars. The Grammys are known for high-profile collaborations and this year will see Coldplay with Rihanna; Glen Campbell and Blake Shelton together with The Band Perry; and Kelly Clarkson will duet with Jason Aldean.
Newly announced stars presenting Grammys this year include actor and recording artist Jack Black, six-time GRAMMY winner and current three-time nominee Fergie, three-time GRAMMY winner and current nominee Amir “?uestlove” Thompson of the Roots, and nine-time Grammy winner Ringo Starr. They join previously announced presenters Dierks Bentley, Drake, Miranda Lambert, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
LL Cool J will be hosting the Grammys for the first time. He’s been hosting The Grammy Nominations Concert since it started in 2008. He’ll be the first official host in seven years, replacing a system of rotating presenters acting as master of ceremonies. The Grammys will be shown live Sunday February 12th.