virginia runner wrote:
seems like Ed Ayers is completely out of touch with the student body. Why is this man a university president again?
Ed Ayers is an extremely smart man with a long and distinguished history both as a scholar (read his The Promise of the New South), as a teacher, and as a University Administrator (He was previously Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UVa).
To be fair to him, this video is chopped up in its editing. He was also facing the most vocal critics of this decision (and here at Letsrun.com is virtually facing a similar crowd). There is no way he is going to look good in that setting. Don't underestimate him, though.
I am more surprised UR is cutting soccer than track and field, as Ed was a fan and frequent attender at Soccer games. That said, Lacrosse really does fit in perfectly with the Richmond student body, which has tons of upper class prep school students from the Mid-Atlantic.