The University of Virginia’s chief operating officer, Michael Strine, resigned his post after little more than a year at the university. Strine did not make a public statement relating to his resignation, however UVa president Teresa Sullivan did recount a conversation about his resignation in her statement.
Sullivan quoted Strine as saying that he believed his resignation would help the university by “allowing this board and the president to pursue changes aimed at ensuring communication, accountability, and shared governance.” Sullivan also stated that Strine’s departure would be followed by “internal restructuring.”
Strine was personally recruited by Sullivan in 2011; he came to the school from John Hopkins University where he served as vice president for finance, chief financial officer, and treasurer. Strine went on to emerge as a central figure in the intrigue surrounding Sullivan’s ouster and reinstatement with his back-channel communication with board members and involvement in crafting a statement supporting the removal coming under scrutiny.
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