Concordia fined $2 million over severance package spending

March 9, 2012

Quebec's education ministry is penalizing Concordia over excessive spending on severance packages for top administrators. In a letter to Concordia's board of governors chairman, Education Minister Line Beauchamp says she is fining Concordia $2 million. The letter says the university was warned and the straw that broke the camel's back was the hiring of former president Judith Woodsworth as a French instructor after she was dismissed. Concordia announced last week it would launch an external review into the departures of 5 top administrators, who received a combined $2.4-million in severance. CJAD 800 | Globe and Mail