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Chairman of University of Alberta board of governors stepping down

07/21/2015 11:10 EDT | Updated 07/21/2016 05:59 EDT
EDMONTON - The chairman of the University of Alberta's board of governors says he is stepping down at the end of August.

Doug Goss says he has fulfilled one of his job's most important roles by finding David Turpin, who recently became the university's new president.

Goss made headlines during the spring provincial election campaign when he and four other business leaders held a news conference urging voters not to cast their ballots for the NDP.

They argued the NDP's plan to raise corporate taxes, which Premier Rachel Notley implemented not long after her party took power and ended a 43-year Tory dynasty, would result in people losing jobs.

After the NDP swept to power, the university's Association of Academic Staff asked Notley to end Goss's appointment with the board of governors.

But Goss says he always had “tremendous support” from the university.

“The comments that were made by the executive of the academic staff were very self-serving and I really don’t put a lot of credence in what they have to say,” Goss says.

“I’m quite happy with my contributions to the board and I know I had broad support from the institution and was urged not to leave, but it really is my decision, at the end of the day. I’m a volunteer, it’s my time and I have to decide what’s in the best interests for myself and my family."

Goss says he hasn’t had much to do the new NDP government since they won the election.

“I haven’t really spoken to anyone in the NDP government and they haven’t called me.” Goss says. “I just let them know what my decision was and that’s all the interaction I’ve had.”

Goss says he told the government about his plans to step down two weeks ago.

Education Minister Lori Sigurdson issued a statement thanking Goss for his tenure and wishing him "all the best in his future endeavours.”

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