Sudden Change in UBC Leadership Announced Today

on August 7, 2015
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Vancouver, BC – Dr. Arvind Gupta, president of the University of British Columbia, announced his resignation today to resume the pursuit of his academic career. Dr. Martha Piper, former UBC president (1997-2006) will serve as interim president from September 2015 until June 2016 while the university conducts a “comprehensive, global search for a new leader”.

“I want to thank Dr. Gupta for his dedication and service to UBC,” says Veronica Knott, a student representative on UBC’s Board of Governors. “[We also] welcome back Dr. Piper who will work with the strong leadership and community at UBC to ensure we continue to thrive in our centennial year,” Knott continues.

The resignation cuts Dr. Gupta’s term short after just a little over one year. “Dr. Gupta’s decision will likely be followed by some uncertainty in regards to UBC’s direction in the upcoming years,” says Tobias Friedel, President, Graduate Student Society. “But with that uncertainty also comes the opportunity for the UBC community to take an active role in shaping the university’s future for the next presidential term. The GSS looks forward to again participating in the selection process for choosing UBC’s 14th president.”

For more information, please contact Tobias Friedel, President of the Graduate Student Society of UBC Vancouver, at


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Sudden Change in UBC Leadership Announced Today