The departing CEO and dean of the medical faculty at Johns Hopkins Medicine is being considered as interim president of the University of Virginia, whose current leader was forced to resign, stirring up controversy on campus.

Hopkins CEO Edward D. Miller said he was asked about coming on in an interim basis shortly after President Teresa Sullivan resigned. The Washington Post has reported that the board of visitors was upset that she wouldn't cut weak programs quickly enough.

Miller was appointed last year to U.Va.'s board of visitors in an ex-officio capacity. He said Monday he was not involved in the decision for Sullivan to resign.

Miller said he would take the position if offered but said a better choice would be a current faculty member at U.Va. to help quell protests that have erupted around Sullivan's departure. He said he would not want to take the presidency on permanently.

"I would definitely only do it on an interim basis," he said. " I am ready to slow down."

U.Va.'s Board of Visitors was meeting with faculty Monday afternoon and might name an interim.

andrea.walker@baltsun.com

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