U. of Virginia’s Next President Will Be Harvard Dean

The dean of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education will be the next president of the University of Virginia, The Daily Progress reports. James E. Ryan’s appointment is expected to be approved by UVa’s Board of Visitors at a Friday meeting.

Mr. Ryan, a graduate of and former faculty member at UVa’s School of Law, is expected to take office next summer and succeed Teresa A. Sullivan, the current president.

Mr. Ryan will return to the UVa campus after Charlottesville, Va., made national news as the site of a white supremacists’ rally that turned deadly in August. A report by an internal working group at UVa found that administrators could have done more to anticipate the violent rally, and that the campus police did not try to enforce a ban on open flames, a move that might have stopped torch-wielding protesters before the rally got out of control.

Some members of the UVa campus are still coping with the aftermath of last month’s clashes. On Tuesday night some students, faculty members, and other activists covered a prominent statue of Thomas Jefferson on the campus with black fabric on the one-month anniversary of the deadly “Unite the Right” rally. The shrouding of the statue was a protest against what the activists saw as President Sullivan’s inadequate response to the rally.

James Ryan talks about his appointment as UVa president in this Chronicle interview.

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