Nauru calls for special USP Council meeting

Nauru’s President and incoming chancellor of the University of the South Pacific has called for an urgent meeting of the full USP Council.

In his third letter issued to university council members in less than one week, President Lionel Aingimea labelled the Winston Thompson’s convening yesterday of the Council’s executive committee in Suva as “appalling.”

“The hostility and a lack of duty of care to a Council appointed Vice Chancellor shows what a small group of members, who are not direct members, have hijacked Council processes and failed to afford duty of care and natural justice to a council-appointed vice chancellor,” wrote President Aingimea.

“These actions represent a personal vendetta against the Vice Chancellor. It is now high time that the entire Council coalesce and begin a process to remove the Pro Chancellor and conduct the election of the deputy pro chancellor.”

The Nauru leader adds that the “future of our regional Pacific university is now seriously in jeopardy,” and that the full Council ought to meet urgently to “reverse this illegitimate decision.”