Professor Richard Kurial is leaving and Dr. Joe Velaidum, Chair Religious Studies is the name candidate
The University of Prince Edward Island is all abuzz these days with rumors.
The top secret committee – so secret even it’s members don’t know each other – to select Wade MacLauchlan’s replacement as President is said to have picked Wade MacLauchlan. UPEI seems stuck in a rut.
MacLauchlan is rumored to be holding out for a British Lord title now that Conrad Black’s lordship is up for grabs. MacLauchlan is also rumored to be holding out for the cancellation of PEI’s Human Rights Act in secret contract negotiations. “First it was the cripples, now the geezers are after me,” some one report emanating from the President’s office.
No less spectacular are the rumours UPEI will appoint the first non-white Dean of Arts at UPEI. Kurial’s term is up and the front runner is Dr. Joe Velaidum, known to his friends as Vlad.
Joe Velaidum is on a two year sabbatical with a business venture in software development. “This is really hard in the private sector,” he told this reporter. “They expect results.”
“Let me assure you if I get the Dean’s job, I’m going to clean up the mess in the UPEI Arts department,” he added.
Perhaps this is a bid to balance off the dismal human rights record at UPEI.
Or it could all be just rumors.
Update - excoriating us for the story (picture was too small, yada yada) Velaidum missed our thrice dyslexic spelling of his name, now corrected. Sorry.