The appointment drew much criticism, but it looks like the University of Northern BC isn’t backing down from its decision to make a former Tory cabinet minister its new chancellor.
In an email sent out to the UNBC community, Board of Governors Chair Ryan Matheson says it engaged in active discussion about the appointment of former Conservative minister James Moore as its sixth chancellor…
But ultimately, it decided not to reverse the decision.
The UNBC Faculty Association endorsed a 2,000 signature petition calling for the appointment to be rescinded, saying Moore was part of a government that “actively muzzled federal scientists,” failed to take meaningful action on climate change, and discounted the need for a federal inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women.
This is the full statement from UNBC’s Board of Governors Chair Ryan Matheson here on James Moore’s appointment:
Last week, the UNBC Board of Governors held a special meeting to discuss the appointment of the Honourable James Moore as our University’s sixth Chancellor. The Board listened to and considered feedback, positive and negative, received from University stakeholders, including students, Senate, faculty, staff, and community members.
Ultimately, the Board chose to not reverse its original decision to appoint the Honourable James Moore as UNBC’s sixth Chancellor. I am taking this opportunity to thank all members of the University community who relayed their thoughts to the Board regarding this appointment.
Over the past six weeks, the University community has been engaged in an active discussion around the appointment. The Board is committed to working with that community to ensure UNBC’s continued success, and I know that working together we can make UNBC better through our next 25 years.
UNBC Board of Governors Chair