In view of the comments –public and private— about my post regarding the UBC Board’s governance, I am led to further clarify the issue intended to be up for debate.
Independently of the individuals involved, the FA letter has triggered a legitimate debate that we should have had a long time ago.
To ensure the issue is devoid of any personal or circumstantial content, I will pose the question in the following way:
Suppose that midway in her term as a faculty representative on the Board of Governors, Professor X was appointed Vice-President of the university. Should Professor X resign from her position on the Board so that she can perform her executive duties, or not?
Please feel free to debate the legal, ethical, and governance aspects of this question. The ramifications of this issue are numerous and wide-ranging. It is not just confined to the role of the Board but also to all kinds of existing university bodies, panels and standing committees, where independent oversight is intended and expected (I think!).
I will post in the next couple of days my own personal views on the role and adequacy of independent faculty representation in the current university governance.