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Western University president Amit Chakma will not seek another term

Western University president Amit Chakma will not seek another term. He will leave in June of 2019.

He will leave in June of 2019

Western University president Amit Chakma says he intends to finish out his term. (Mark Spowart/Canadian Press)

Western University President Amit Chakma announced Thursday he will not be seeking a third term, and intends to leave his position by the end of June of 2019.

Chakma announced his decision at a meeting of the board of governors.

The announcement was also released in a statement to faculty and students, which says "periodic leadership renewal is a healthy time-honoured practice."

Chakma came under fire in 2015 when it became known that he earned almost $1-million in salary — almost double his $479,600 annual pay.

The board at the time defended him — citing that he was eligible for one year of paid administrative work on top of his regular salary. 

Chakma later voluntarily refunded the school and apologized for taking the money he received in lieu of taking an administrative leave.

He will continue with his work at Western while the search begins for a new president. 

The board will conduct an international search for a new president and establish a search committee in January. 

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