As many of you may be aware, on August 16 the Alberta Government replaced dozens of members on Boards of Governors at several Alberta post-secondary institutions. The U of A was no exception, with a new Board Chair and five additional new Board members named. The former Board Chair, Michael Phair, and other replaced Board members were in mid-term. I have sent the attached letter to the Minister of Advanced Education asking for a rationale for this rapid, wholesale change. Furthermore, I asked for clarification regarding what process was followed in advertising the board posting, seeking diverse and qualified candidates, and properly determining and assessing the skills, experience, and qualifications of the new appointees to the U of A Board of Governors, including the Chair.