Skip to comments.Did Breitbart Investigation Play Any Role in Sudden Resignation of UVA President?
Posted on 06/17/2012 12:35:47 PM PDT by Nachum
Sometimes a coincidence is just a coincidence. Sometimes it's more than that.
Based on all available current evidence, it appears that Teresa A. Sullivan's sudden resignation as President of the University of Virginia this past Sunday was most likely unrelated to an ongoing Breitbart News investigation into twenty-two-year-old allegations of scientific misconduct. However, since none of the key players in this drama--neither the sixteen members of the Board of Visitors who asked for her resignation, nor President Sullivan--have been willing to offer much in the way of explanation, rumors and speculation as to the true reasons for her sudden dismissal have been rampant.
Here's a chronology that documents the curious coincidence of timing:
Monday June 4:
Breitbart News reports in an article, "Warren Accused of Repeated Instances of Scientific Misconduct Before Harvard Hire," that Rutgers Professor Philip Shuchman charged President Sullivan and co-authors Elizabeth Warren (the current Democratic nominee for the United States Senate in Massachusetts) and Jay Westbrook in 1990 with scientific misconduct in the research upon which their 1989 book, As We Forgive Our Debtors: Bankruptcy and Consumer Credit in America, was based.
Tuesday, June 5
Out of the blue, Teresa A. Sullivan, whom I had not contacted, but who apparently had been forwarded my previous email requesting comments on the story from her co-author, Jay Westbrook, sent me an email that contained a two page letter and eight hitherto private documents she claims are evidence of exoneration of these scientific misconduct charges against her, Elizabeth Warren, and Jay Westbrook. You can see her letter below:
(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...
Ah, yes, that pesky old Honor System has a long reach!
I would say this...for none of the sixteen board members to comment in public...it’s very unusual.
I live in Virginia, and the media (especially from the DC side) is absolutely silent over this entire issue. The Washington Post refuses say anything much. For a university chancellor to get terminated....in most states, it’s page one news. Here? Nothing much. It’s like someone found Hitler in your basement and doesn’t want anyone much to know about him being there.
Personally, I hope it means something is going to blow on Climategate cover up.
Yeah, I think probably so
I’m guessing they cleaned this up in a hurry and behind-the-scenes in order to protect the Hiawatha of Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren.
No evidence, just what seems reasonable given the circumstances - any long, drawn-out investigation of the purported misconduct would spill over onto Warren, and we couldn’t have that, could we?
That ‘pesky old Honor system’ does not now apply, nor has it ever applied, to faculty and staff.
Not to be a nit-picker, but Hiawatha was the Indian brave, Minnehaha was the girl.
She’s the wrinkled old Nokomis.
You’re right of course - Minniehaha would’ve been much better.
And I probably should’ve mentioned that I’m pretty sure she does have an ancestral summer cottage on Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg.