Statement from the elected members of the UBC Board of Governors

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We, the eight elected members of the UBC Board of Governors (students, staff, and faculty) voted to accept the resignation of Dr. Arvind Gupta as President of UBC. We did so after respectful deliberation among all Board members and based on our own observations. None of us was bullied or pressured. We continue to believe that this decision was in the best interests of the university.

The Executive Committee of the Board, which was involved in earlier stages of the process leading to Dr. Gupta’s resignation, included two of the elected faculty members, Richard Johnston and Michael Treschow.

We regret that we did not make this statement earlier. We see now that we were excessively cautious. The events of the last few weeks compel us to speak out.

We are listening carefully to the concerns raised within the university community, and are committed to seeking greater transparency in Board practices.

Elected Members of the UBC Board of Governors

Shannon Dunn (staff) Richard Johnston (faculty)
Darran Fernandez (staff) Darrin Lehman (faculty)
Veronica Knott (student) Michael Treschow (faculty)
Jeff Krupa (student) Julie Van de Valk (student)