WesternU president Amit Chakma not to seek third term

November 27, 2017

Western University has announced that Amit Chakma will not seek a third term as the school’s president. “Having served as president since 2009, Dr. Chakma believes that periodic leadership renewal is a healthy, time-honoured practice of any great institution,” said Hanny Hassan, chair of Western’s board of governors, in a statement released last Thursday. Hassan said that Chakma and his team have put the university in a financially sound position while quadrupling first-year enrolments and appointing more women to senior leadership roles. Stephen Pitel, head of Western’s faculty association, said that his dealings with Chakma have been positive. “I would characterize it as a good relationship,” Pitel said. “I’ve had the benefit of having a series of informal meetings with him over the last year.” London Free Press | WesternU