Virginia Military Institute investigation leads to resignation by Va. higher ed council member

The vice chair of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia resigned in protest over the handling of the independent investigation into Virginia Military Institute.

Tom Slater, a 1966 VMI graduate and attorney at top Richmond law firm Hunton Andrews Kurth, told council members at its meeting that he was “disappointed” that Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins, superintendent of VMI, is not being offered the opportunity to meet with the law firm investigating the college and the state council to discuss the findings and recommendations prior to the report being made public. His public announcement pulled back the curtains on a private dispute among the parties and VMI’s complaints about how the law firm has been conducting the investigation in its final weeks.

“SCHEV should be lending its hand to this fine man, not turning its back on him,” Slater said.

The independent investigation into the state-funded military college began four months ago following allegations of racism. So far, an interim report published in March documented responses from alumni, current cadets and faculty about them witnessing or experiencing racism and sexism. The final report, which will include recommendations, is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

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