Earlier this week, a search committee met for secret deliberations; but as the University of Virginia seeks a new leader, a familar name is gaining traction--particularly after a published article by a former student.
Scott Douglas Gerber hopes the search will narrow to just one name: political pundit Larry Sabato.
"He's incredibly bright and works harder than anyone I know," said Gerber.
Back in the '70s, Sabato was Student Council president and a Rhodes Scholar, and became a popular teacher, author, adminstrator, and even a two-time Emmy winner.
"When I saw that article, I thought, 'Whoa. Who is more loyal to UVA than Larry Sabato?" said Spanish scholar David Gies, part of a faculty still wary after a failed effort to topple Teresa Sullivan, the current president.
"One of the things that some of the faculty fear is a businification, if I can invent a word, of the university,"
For his part, Sabato says the university could do much better and probably will.