Gloria Graham, the University of Virginia’s associate vice president for safety and security, has resigned from her position.
She will leave her post on Friday, according to UVa spokesman Wes Hester, who did not cite a reason for her resignation.
Her role will be filled by Tim Longo, the recently appointed interim chief of the University Police Department.
“The university has benefited greatly from Ms. Graham’s leadership and deeply appreciates the time and commitment she invested in her role,” Hester wrote in an email Wednesday morning.
In a message sent to those with whom she worked, Graham said she was resigning to “pursue an alternative career opportunity.”
“It has been my sincere honor to serve alongside all of you as we built out the Department of Safety and Security together,” Graham wrote.
Graham’s position was created in the wake of the Aug. 11, 2017 white supremacist torch rally on UVa grounds and was intended to oversee UPD, emergency preparedness and public safety.
In a May 2018 interview with the Progress, Graham said she intended the position to be highly collaborative.
A close working relationship between local, state and university police was absent in August 2017, according to a scathing independent review by former federal prosecutor Tim Heaphy, who is now the university’s lead lawyer.
During her tenure, Graham expanded the university’s safety and security features, added new cameras across Grounds and rolled out a new app that is intended to help the university community more easily alert law enforcement and each other about safety concerns.
In a departing message to colleagues, Graham said she came to UVa with 120 safety and security recommendations awaiting her attention, recommendations that came from community members and consultants. She said that 116 of those recommendations were addressed in her time at the university.
“The positive impact each of you have on the safety and security of our community is exemplary, and it is not lost on me that it comes with great sacrifice,” she wrote. “My 24 years in public safety have afforded me the opportunity to work alongside thousands of everyday heroes, and you are among them.”
Graham is the second high-profile departure from UVa’s police department in a month, following former Chief of Police Tommye Sutton’s resignation on Sept. 27.
University officials also declined to provide Sutton’s resignation letter or discuss the reason for his departure.
Longo, who will now fill both positions, is expected to serve for about a year.
Prior to Graham’s resignation, his duties included all of those of the previous chief, according to the university. Those duties include a seat on the Emergency Communications Center’s managing board.
When he assumed Sutton’s role, Longo’s salary became $190,000, with a sign-on bonus of $10,000 and a potential performance bonus of $15,000, according to his employment agreement.
The details of Longo’s new appointment are still being finalized, according to UVa spokesman Brian Coy, and a new employment agreement was not yet available by press time.