New documents offer little insight on UBC president's resignation
Arvind Gupta abruptly left his job as president of the University of British Columbia in August, just one year into his five-year term.
VANCOUVER - Hundreds of pages of documents relating to the resignation of a former University of British Columbia president have become public, but they don't reveal why Arvind Gupta relinquished his post.
The university has released 861 pages of documents in response to a series of Access to Information requests, including meeting agendas, receipts, emails and the terms of Gupta's resignation.
Gupta abruptly left his job in August, just one year into his five-year term, saying he would return to his academic career as a computer science professor.
Emails show UBC board of governors chair John Montalbano wanted to have a "confidential discussion, not captured on email" with Gupta just days before board members received notice about a meeting where they would discuss the president's resignation.
An agreement dated Aug. 6, 2015, shows UBC agreed to top-up Gupta's $446,750 salary until Jan. 31, 2016, and that he would be given a year's leave of absence from Feb. 1, 2015 to Jan. 31, 2017, plus a $130,000 research grant.
Montalbano stepped down in October after an investigation into a professor's claims that she was intimidated after writing a blog post suggesting Gupta lost a "masculinity contest" with the school's leadership.