Monday, July 24, 2017

Notice of Motion (2): That UBC Board of Governors request BC Gov't reintroduce Chancellor Elections

As part of supporting the expansion of transparent, effective, and democratic structures in the post-secondary sector I am planning to introduce a motion at the upcoming September Board of Governor's meeting whereby UBC's BoG formally requests that the provincial government reintroduce elections for Chancellors of BC's public universities.

I trust that my fellow governors will agree with me that the best way to respect convocation (which includes faculty and alumni) is to hold elections at large for the post of Chancellor.  The behind closed door corporate approach that was introduced in 2008 by the former Liberal Government does not serve convocation well and tends to bring forward Chancellors less likely to be supported by vast segments of convocation (recent UBC Faculty concerns and the debacle at UNBC being clear examples of past problems).

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Updated: Request to place item on #UBCBoG agenda: selecting the next chancellor.

Dear Stuart,

I would like to have an item placed on the upcoming agenda and would appreciate your direction for how best to do this.

I would like to have initiated a process to develop a more transparent, effective, and inclusive board policy on the selection and appointment of UBC’s Chancellor.  You may have read my blog posting a while back on this issue, if not: for your reference:

I assume that the proper place to introduce this motion would be the governance committee. However, if it is best to introduce it at the full board meeting in September, then that is what I shall like to do.

My motion would be:

Whereas the university act assigns the authority to select and appoint a university chancellor to the university board of governors, and whereas UBC currently assigns the primary decision making process to the UBC Alumni Association.
Be it resolved that the Board of Governors strike a working committee of the Governance Standing Committee (consisting of three faculty reps, three student reps, two staff repos, and the governance committee chair) to develop a transparent, effective, and inclusive policy with clear and understandable criteria for the selection of future UBC Chancellors.

I look forward to your reply,


Update, July 22, 2017.  Letter from Board Chair