UBC picks computer science professor Arvind Gupta for next president
The University of British Columbia has found its 13th president and vice chancellor.
On July 1, UBC computer science professor Arvind Gupta will succeed current president Stephen Toope, who is leaving after eight years at the helm.
“As a member of the UBC community, I know how great a responsibility and honour this is,” Gupta said in a news release today (March 12). “I have the privilege of taking the baton from Professor Toope who has guided UBC to a strong position. We have exciting days ahead and I relish the opportunity.”
Gupta is currently the chief executive officer and scientific director of Mitacs, a not-for-profit research organization. According to Gupta's profile on the UBC computer science department's website, his research interests include "algorithmic issues in bioinformatics" and "constructive combinatorics".
The UBC board of governors has appointed Gupta for a five-year term.
“I was delighted to hear Dr. Gupta will be succeeding me,” Toope, who has been named the next director of the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs, said in the release. “In him, UBC has found a leader with rare attributes: critical thinking, inspiring vision and the courage to chart a bold course.”
According to the release, UBC has more than 58,000 students, 15,000 faculty and staff, and an annual budget of $2.2 billion.