The double pay received considerable criticism at Western University and beyond after president Amit Chakma was revealed last month as one of the province's top public-sector earners in the annual sunshine list of public salaries over $100,000.
Chakma has not agreed to media interviews since that time and says today, two weeks later, that he wanted his first public comments to be to the university senate.
A university senate meeting heard concerns about Chakma's salary — half of which he has since returned — and it will discuss a non-confidence motion at next Friday's meeting.
Chakma urged people to "think of the human side" of the controversy surrounding his pay, which he says has taken a "tremendous toll" on him and his family.
Chakma says when he accepted the terms of his contract he "did not anticipate the groundswell of concern it would create."
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