University of Northern B.C. president Dr. Dan Weeks is taking a medical leave of absence.
He issued the following letter to staff at the university yesterday.
I’m writing today to provide a personal update. The situation requires that I take a medical leave, effective immediately. I am dealing with some matters that I have put on hold for many, many weeks, but on the advice of my physician, I should no longer delay dealing with them.
The duration of this leave is unknown at this point.
In my absence, Dr. Geoff Payne will serve as Acting President and take on all duties that role requires.
As always, thank you for all you do to advance the mission of UNBC.
Professor Daniel Weeks,
UNBC President and Vice-Chancellor
The leave comes after Dr. Peter Jackson presented motion of non-confidence against Weeks in the Senate last week. The notice will now go to the Senate Steering Committee for consideration at the next formal Senate meeting, which is currently scheduled for Feb. 26.
Weeks’ leave also comes after a three-week strike by the faculty association last fall.