The Chair of UBC’s Board of Governors is stepping down. It comes after he publicly stated that he never tried to compromise a professor’s academic freedom.
John Montalbano will stay on as a board member, as UBC administration investigates allegations leveled by Professor Jennifer Berdahl that he violated her academic freedom.
She wrote a blog post about the unexpected resignation of President Arvind Gupta.
He quit earlier this month, one year into a five year term.
She said maybe it’s because he lost a “masculinity contest” among the leadership at UBC.
She alleges the chair called her and said that the post harmed the reputation of the Board, and jeopardized her funding.
Montalbano publicly admitted he DID contact Berdahl about the post, but claims it was only to hear her concerns.
The Faculty Association has been calling for the chair to resign, after he spoke to the media about the accuations, but it doesn’t appear that will happen.
In a statement, UBC Board of Governors wrote “Mr. Mantalbano intends to fully participate in the process that will be undertaken by the Honourable Lynn Smith, Q.C. and wants to ensure the integrity of the process is not hindered by his performing the duties of Chair.”
Vice-Chair, Alice Laberge, will fill in as chair for the time being.