BREAKING NEWS: UBC Presidential Search Committee Member Resigns Over Gupta Controversy

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BREAKING NEWS: Berdahl Elected Member of UBC’s Presidential Search Committee Resigns

march 11, 2016 | Class media

Three hours ago at approximately 1:00 PM on March 11th, 2016 unofficial reports claim that Professor of Leadership Studies at the Sauder School of Business, and elected member on the Presidential Search Committee for UBC has in fact resigned. Admist a range of controversies surrounding the sudden resignation of Arvind Gupta earlier this year, the Board of Governors has been having a very hard time (to say the least) in regaining the faith of students, the faculty, and the community in their leadership of UBC.

Earlier this afternoon the following message was published online by Dr. Jennifer Berdahl Ph.D.

Dear Presidential Search Committe,

I was elected as a member of the PSC by the faculty. I have lost confidence in the willingness of the committee to hear the concerns of the faculty and to learn from mistakes of the recent past to improve the future of UBC. On their side, a majority of the fcaulty have indicated a lack of confidence in the PSC. I no longer see how I can productively contribute to this process, and I do not wish to be a part of a process in which I lack confidence. I therefore resign from the PSC.

I wish you all the best in the search for a new president. I hope that new leadership will bring a renewal of the relationship between the faculty and the administration of our university.