Tensions Continue Over Abrupt Exit for UBC President

August 17, 2015

More than a week has gone by since the sudden resignation of Arvind Gupta after one year in office as president of the University of British Columbia, a globally well-regarded research university in Canada. From the start, as summarized in this post on Inside Higher Ed's GlobalHigherEd blog, little has been said (and much has been speculated) about Gupta's sudden departure. Since the announcement, faculty leaders have been demanding an explanation, saying that the lack of clarity leaves many of them uncertain about what happened and the direction of the university. On Friday, the board chair responded with a letter to faculty leaders that said he couldn't say much more. So far, social media posts suggest that the letter isn't leading professors to back off their demands for more information. The letters says that there are "numerous inaccuracies" in the reports circulating about Gupta's departure, but that people should "be respectful" of "confidentiality agreements" that were made.

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