Michael Gold­bloom, Prin­ci­pal and Vice-Chan­cel­lor of Bishop’s Uni­ver­sity, fore­goes sec­ond ad­min­is­tra­tive leave

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Michael Gold­bloom, C.M., has ad­vised the Chair of the Board of Gov­er­nors of Bishop’s Uni­ver­sity that he will forego one of the two years of ad­min­is­tra­tive leave to which he would be en­ti­tled at the con­clu­sion of his sec­ond five-year man­date as Prin­ci­pal of Bishop’s Uni­ver­sity.

Prin­ci­pal Gold­bloom ex­plained that he made this de­ci­sion be­cause he did not want his de­ferred salary al­lowance to be an im­ped­i­ment to the Gov­ern­ment’s will­ing­ness to help Bishop’s ad­dress the se­ri­ous fi­nan­cial chal­lenges it is fac­ing. “It would not be pos­si­ble for me to con­tinue as Prin­ci­pal if I am com­pro­mised in my abil­ity to rep­re­sent the Uni­ver­sity in what will be crit­i­cal ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Que­bec Gov­ern­ment”, he said. “Con­se­quently, although the pro­vi­sions of my con­tract are con­sis­tent with the norms for uni­ver­sity heads in the rest of Canada, I have de­cided that it will be best to forego the ad­di­tional leave.”

Me Robert Hall, Chair of the Board of Gov­er­nors of Bishop’s Uni­ver­sity, has ac­cepted Prin­ci­pal Gold­bloom’s de­ci­sion, al­beit with re­gret. “I want to em­pha­sise that the Board and the Prin­ci­pal have been trans­par­ent about the terms of Prin­ci­pal Gold­bloom’s con­tract with the Bishop’s com­mu­nity and with the gov­ern­ment,” added Me Hall. “His de­ci­sion to forego part of the leave to which is en­ti­tled is an­other ex­am­ple of the thought­ful and re­spon­si­ble lead­er­ship that Michael Gold­bloom has pro­vided since tak­ing on the role of Prin­ci­pal at Bishop’s Uni­ver­sity.”

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Bishop’s Uni­ver­sity prin­ci­pal

Michael Gold­bloom is con­cerned about the uni­ver­sity’s se­ri­ous fi­nan­cial chal­lenges.

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