The Revolving Door?

Sitting Student Union President Given University Job in June

Amine Dabchy will end his job with Concordia alumni relations before representing students on the board of governors. Photo Justin Giovannetti

During his last month in office, former Concordia Student Union President Amine Dabchy took a part-time job with the university’s department of alumni relations.

Now a student representative on the university’s board of governors, Concordia’s highest governing body, Dabchy’s job at the university is to end before he next represents students on Sept. 30.

“I thought of the possibility of a conflict,” said Dabchy. “But I decided that if there was a conflict it would be a conflict of interest, that is why it isn’t a job I will be keeping for the rest of the year.”

Serving as a geographic chapter assistant at alumni relations since late June, Dabchy was responsible for creating and maintaining Concordia’s alumni chapters around the world.

“I made it clear to my employer that my allegiance was with students,” said Dabchy, who was elected to the university’s board during the March general election. “I think if there would be a conflict it would be with them, with one of their employees defending students.”

Dabchy’s successor, Heather Lucas, said that Dabchy did not keep his job secret.

“I was made aware of his position over the summer, but I didn’t make anything of it,” said Lucas. “He’s free to do whatever he wants.”

Earlier in the summer, on May 17, Concordia presented the sitting president with the Outstanding Student Award.

This article originally appeared in Volume 31, Issue 04, published September 7, 2010.