UBC Board Chair, Amid Inquiry, Steps Aside Temporarily

August 26, 2015

John Montalbano has stepped down temporarily as board chair of the University of British Columbia amid an investigation into allegations that he violated a professor's academic freedom, The Globe and Mail reported. Montalbano remains on the board itself, but stepped down as chair because he “wants to ensure the integrity of the process is not hindered by his performing the duties of chair,” said a statement from the board. Montalbano is accused of calling a professor and criticizing her -- and telling her he had spoken to her dean -- about a blog post she wrote about the recent and unexplained departure of UBC's president. Faculty leaders said that it was highly inappropriate to make such a call. The university has launched an investigation into the incident.

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