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UVa Student Council opposes reappointment of Dragas

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The University of Virginia Student Council is urging state lawmakers to block the reappointment of Rector Helen Dragas.

The Daily Progress reports that the council called an emergency session Friday to pass a resolution voicing its opposition.

Earlier this week a Senate committee voted to confirm her reappointment. Dragas' reappointment now goes to the Senate floor before going to the House of Delegates.

Her reappointment has been opposed by some after the Board of Visitors' failed attempt to fire President Teresa Sullivan last summer. Dragas led the ouster attempt, which sparked protests by faculty, students and alumni. It also prompted an accrediting agency to put the university on warning.

Former Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, appointed Dragas in 2008. Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell reappointed her after Sullivan was reinstated.

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