The feud at the University of British Columbia over the sudden departure of president Arvind Gupta – one year into his 5-year term – is also casting an unexpected light on the board of governors, a university body that rarely gets so much attention.
Most universities in the province have 15 members on their board, except for the University of B.C. which has 21 members.
However, the boards are far from autonomous. The B.C. government appoints a majority of governors in both cases: eight for the smaller boards and eleven at UBC.