Social media played integral part in pro-Sullivan movement

It’s not really a surprise anymore that, when there’s a major controversy at a university — say, this month’s ouster and reappointment of University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan, social media light up.

One of the things that was notable about the public uproar that surrounded the drama at the Rotunda was the huge role that social media, and technology in general, played in rallying the pro-Sullivan forces.

When word of Sullivan’s departure went out June 10, it went out via email to the university community. By the time it hit the news cycle, many people already knew.

Former Faculty Senate chairwoman Gweneth West recounted hearing about it on the phone in her church parking lot, from a friend who had read the email.

At the start of the crisis, Jahan Ramazani, a former chairman of the Faculty Senate, recalled being “constantly on email” with other former chairmen and chairwomen and the senate’s current leadership… Read more



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