Arvind Gupta is stepping down from his position as president of the University of British Columbia.
In an August 7 press release, the schools’ board of governors announced Martha Piper will serve as interim president beginning on September 1, 2015. Piper previously served as president of UBC from 1997 to 2006.
According to the release, Gupta is resigning after deciding “he can best contribute to the university and lead Canada’s innovation agenda by resuming his academic career and leadership roles in the business and research community”.
Gupta only took the position of president in July 2014. He is resigning just one year into what was supposed to be a five year term.
UBC Board of Governors’ Chair John Montalbano is quoted in the UBC release thanking Gupta for the time he served as president.
“Dr. Gupta worked tirelessly during his tenure to advance UBC’s core academic mission,” it reads. “He also developed an emerging strategy to support diversity and under-represented groups in the university, enhanced the student experience through better services, such as improved access to mental health services, UBC successfully raised over $200 million in one of the largest fundraising exercises in its history, and he facilitated a $66-million research grant that is the single largest in the history of UBC,” Montalbano further said.”
In March 2014, the Georgia Straight put Gupta on the newspaper’s cover alongside a lengthy cover story by editor Charlie Smith.