Michael Strine Photo by Dan Addison

The fallout from the leadership crisis at the University of Virginia continued on Tuesday with the resignation of Michael Strine, Virginia's executive vice president and chief operating officer.

In the weeks since Teresa A. Sullivan was reinstated as Virginia's president, Mr. Strine's status has been the subject of much speculation. While he denied playing any direct role in Ms. Sullivan's ouster, Mr. Strine's back-channel communications with board members, as demonstrated in e-mails that have been made public, led some to question his loyalty to Ms. Sullivan.

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