UBC faculty vote no confidence in board over handling of president’s resignation

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The Canadian Press

Vancouver: A declaration of non confidence in the University of British Columbia’s board of governors has been approved by the institution’s faculty association amid ongoing internal turmoil.

The faculty vote comes after documents released in January revealed that some board members held secret meetings with then-president Arvind Gupta leading up to his resignation last summer.

The revelations angered some faculty members who launched the petition for a non-confidence motion over concerns that the board had acted without oversight and against the school’s best interests.

A week-long electronic vote on the motion closed today with 800 faculty association members voting in favour and 494 members voting against, out of more than 3,000 eligible voters.

Members of the association include tenure-stream faculty, contract faculty, program directors, librarians and archivists.

The board of governors did not immediately respond to a request for comment.