WesternU senate votes against non-confidence motion for president

January 4, 2016

April 20, 2015—A motion of non-confidence for Western University President Amit Chakma was defeated by the institution's senate on Friday. During the meeting, senators who opposed the motion emphasized the need for the university to move past the issue, citing Chakma's apology and planned "listening tour" as evidence that he was prepared to earn back the university's support and that he deserved a second chance. They further argued that a successful non-confidence motion could prolong the damage done to the university's reputation. Supporters of the motion, however, argued that the controversy had undermined Chakma's credibility as the leader of the institution, and questioned his priorities as President. In a subsequent vote, the senate also voted against a motion of non-confidence in board of governors Chair Chirag Shah. 

Postscript: In the wake of this vote, WesternU released the results of a review of its practices regarding presidents' compensation. The school's board of governors responded to these results by announcing that it would change its contract negotiation practices. The report found that the university's board had acted in good faith when it originally awarded Chakma double pay for working during a paid administrative leave, while adding that the move was an exception to common practice in Canada. The chair of WesternU's board of governors later announced that he would step down at the end of 2015. London Free Press