Prominent University of Virginia alumni seek board selection reform

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Prominent University of Virginia alumni are lobbying Virginia's gubernatorial candidates to change how the university's governing board is selected.

The Washington Post reports that the effort is being led by the U.Va. Council of Foundations. Chairman Jeffrey C. Walker says the goal is to have at least eight of the 17 board members chosen from a pool selected by U.Va. alumni and supporters instead of the governor appointing campaign donors and political allies.

The U.Va. Board of Visitors has been under scrutiny since last summer, when its leaders ousted President Teresa A. Sullivan. The board reversed its decision after protests from alumni, faculty and others.

Council documents obtained by the newspaper through a Freedom of Information Act request show some members also want U.Va. to raise in-state tuition.