The Graduate History Students’ Association is alarmed at the news that Vice President Academic and Provost Rhonda Lenton is being considered for the position of York University President. Our organization joins the YUGSA and members of YUFA and CUPE 3903 in opposing this potential appointment in the strongest terms. Lenton has repeatedly shown disregard for the academic mission of our University, and disrespect for the students, workers, and teachers who are essential to our community. Along with President Mamdouh Shoukri, she has presided over a period of ongoing labour strife, increasing corporatization, and the expansion of administrative positions and salaries, all to the detriment of the teaching and research that make this university vital and reputable. Put simply, our members do not trust Rhonda Lenton with the future of our university. We call on the Board of Governors to reject this appointment if the recommendation is made by the search committee. We also call on the Board of Governors to commit to a search process that is open to the York community, and not dominated by corporate and financial interests.
The Graduate History Students’ Association
Contact: Kevin Burris