It is the largest, best known and one of the most respected post secondary institutions in B.C.
But the University of British Columbia finds itself in turmoil today after the abrupt departure of its president, Dr. Arvind Gupta, and questions about how much influence the board of governors really has.
Now there is an investigation underway to determine if the board chair tried to influence a faculty member – something that is taken very seriously in academic institutions.
Why, you may ask?
Because research at universities is supposed to be free of that kind of pressure. The people in charge of the money are not supposed to be able to throw that money around to get the result they want.
In this day and age when university reputations and rankings are critical to getting big-money international students, stories like this are very troubling.
So are the rumors true? How is UBC responding to all of the speculation?
Earlier today, Simi spoke with Angela Redish, Acting President and interim provost of UBC, about Dr. Gupta’s abrupt departure, the influence of the board of governors, and the issue of academic freedom within the institution.
Listen to Simi’s interview with Angela Redish, Acting President and interim provost of UBC: