Wow. What a week. Dr. Gupta’s on the show this week, along with student Senator Gurvir Sangha and Faculty Association President Mark Mac Lean.
This is by far the clearest picture anyone has had so far of the crisis leading up to the resignation. If the criticisms in John Montalbano’s letters to Gupta are to be believed, the rumors that Gupta was feared by his Executive team, facing mutiny from the Deans, and experiencing mounting distrust from the Board of Governors all seem to be true, with problems connecting to the Public Affairs department, and a weak staff in the presidential office to make matters worse.
We’re back in the first episode of 2016! This week we delve into the UBC presidential search, and play some tape from the open town hall, as well as an on-location interview with Chancellor Lindsay Gordon. The presidential atmosphere continues with pleasing symmetry, as AMS president Aaron Bailey rejoins us too.
Senate Roundup, January 2016
The ideal UBC President turns out to be a unicorn – magical and sparkly but unfortunately non-existent. Ultimately, people who spoke at the town hall weren’t narrowly expressing what they expected from the single individual who will become UBC’s next president, but broadly from the university’s leadership as a whole.
The full report, after having gone through UBC’s severing process, arguably contains even less information than the executive summary which was released on October 15, 2015.