That was a brilliant move, one that strongly hints he's on the side of reinstating Sullivan. It keeps the university community united, rather than divided and conquered.
Governor Bob McDonnell, who has been trying to hide from this mess, could do a lot if he simply announced who he is going to reappoint to the Board on July 1. If he reappoints Rector Helen Dragas, that would leave UVA in a funk for her 4-year term. Instead, by announcing he will not reinstate her, that would clear the way for reconciliation.