Following the July 1 appointment of acting Dean Stephen J. Schnably, a respected, long-time professor at UM law, faculty members released a letter criticizing UM’s firing of Varona and demanding answers from Frenk.
“I gave it my all,” Varona said in highlighting his accomplishments as dean – including admitting what he said was the strongest law class in more than 30 years, raising $8 million, launching an environmental law program, and adapting learning models to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The three-term mayor graduated with a degree in finance in 1983.
“Disappointing ending,” said Miami head coach Gino DiMare. “But to be honest, it’s one that I didn’t not see coming. We weren’t playing good enough baseball to play at the level that you need to at this time of the season.”
Falling 10-2 to the South Florida Bulls in Saturday’s winners bracket matchup, the Canes must now win their next three games in the Gainesville regional in order to advance to the Super Regional.
With a 1-0 win over the South Alabama Jaguars in the opening round Friday, the No. 2 seeded Canes (33-19, 20-15 ACC) advance to play South Florida in the winners’ bracket final at Florida Ballpark Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Hurricanes will compete this weekend in the double elimination bracket with No. 1 regional seed and No. 15 national seed Florida, No. 3 regional seed South Alabama and No. 4 regional seed South Florida.
Senate faculty support of the dean comes two days after the law school’s tenured faculty adopted a resolution protesting Varona’s removal, just hours after the president announced the dismissal.
“I have determined that new leadership is vital for the benefit of the institution, our students and our community,” said UM President Julio Frenk in the May 25 email announcing the termination.
The Miami Hurricanes did what they could to earn themselves an Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division championship on the regular season’s final day Saturday.
Miami and Louisville were paired to finish the season as the ACC’s two most likely contenders, with the teams projected preseason to win the Coastal and Atlantic divisions. Neither side has met those expectations—yet.
More than 200 universities are requiring its students – and in some instances, faculty and staff – to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for the fall semester. Although the University of Miami has not yet announced if it will follow suit, UM President Julio Frenk said by the end of May that UM will provide more guidance about “a safe return in the fall.”