Great writing, introducing the backstory while simultaneously focusing on current events.
Back then, the faculty called for the resignation of two prominent board members, and many on the campus called for the entire board to resign. Tuesday, crowds applauded when the name of Helen E. Dragas, the rector, or chair, of the board, was called (though, online, there are still calls for Dragas’s resignation).
Back then, the board met behind closed doors for about 11 hours. Tuesday the university streamed the board’s 30-minute meeting live to more than 12,000 computers across the country.
Back then, the idea that both Sullivan and Dragas — both the first women in their respective positions — could remain the university’s leadership duo seemed unfathomable. Tuesday they strolled into the meeting together.