CANADA

Discord at Concordia

June 6 1994
CANADA

Discord at Concordia

June 6 1994

Discord at Concordia

Following a secret meeting, the board of governors of Montreal’s Concordia University fired its rector, Patrick Kenniff. Board chairman Reginald Groome refused to give reasons for the dismissal and Kenniff, who has served as rector since 1984, declined comment. The firing followed a series of controversies at Concordia, including the 1992 killing of four professors by a disgruntled colleague, Valery Fabrikant; public infighting between Kenniff and other top administrators; and media reports detailing a generous pay package for Kenniff. Some observers believe that the firing was related to two as-yet unpublished reports, one into Fabrikant’s employment at Concordia and another into his claims of research fraud within the engineering department