“I didn’t predict the upheaval that would occur at the university if I chose to resign.”
Signs of regret from UBC’s former president, who is speaking publicly for the first time since his sudden resignation last August.
Dr. Arvind Gupta is giving his side of the story, after the university’s inadvertent release of private documents showing the Board of Governors had no faith in his leadership.
Resigned to avoid a battle that could have gone public
Speaking to CKNW’s Jon McComb, Gupta says it was a small group within the Board of Governors who wanted him gone.
A sentiment reflected in correspondence leaked by the university, and one that Gupta says is based on rumour and innuendo without any evidence.
“I really reflect almost everyday whether that was the right decision or if would have been better to take on this group of board members at that time.”
Mandated performance review never happened
Gupta says he was trying to bring change to the university, and was implementing a plan he pitched before he was hired.
He notes he never had an actual performance review, and he thinks things would have been different if he had a structured performance review, as was mandated in his contract.
“That would involve what was accomplished in the first year, what needs to be done in the second year, what are stakeholders saying? If that’s done, I think the board and I would have had a much better of idea of what’s going on and what needs to happen.”
Gupta’s public comments come after the university inadvertently released redacted correspondence, slamming his performance.
The university is now investigating the privacy breach.