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Wednesday, September 18th, 2019


Western president Amit Chakma leaving

Sabrina Fracassi​ ​ ​

Western University’s president, Amit Chakma, will not seek a third term at Western after his contract ends in 2019.

"Dr. Chakma believes that periodic leadership renewal is a healthy time-honoured practice of any great institution," said Board of Governors chair Hanny Hassan in a memo.

Having served as president since 2009, Chakma's current contract ends June 30, 2019. Going forward, the Board of Governors will conduct an international search, establishing a search committee in January 2018 to seek Chakma's successor. 

The memo comes after senators at last Friday's Senate meeting raised questions on whether or not Chakma would return as president. At the time, Chakma told senators to stay tuned. 

More to come.