CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The University of Virginia’s Board of Directors has named a successor to a vice-rector who resigned after a failed attempt to oust President Theresa Sullivan in June.
The board announced the selection Thursday of George Keith Martin, who has been a member of the Board of Visitors since July 2011. Martin is a Richmond attorney, a 1975 graduate of U.Va. and the university’s first African-American vice-rector.
He succeeds Mark Kington, who resigned days after thousands protested the board’s surprise decision to oust Sullivan. After weeks of protests, officials reinstated Sullivan.
Sullivan was the first woman to head the university founded by Thomas Jefferson and had only been in the position for two years.
Besides Kington, the school’s chief operating officer and executive vice president resigned.
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