Pressure on Moore Appointment Mounts
Prince George, B.C. – The controversy over the appointment of former Conservative MP James Moore as Chancellor of the University of Northern British Columbia won’t go away.
The Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia (CUFA BC) and the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) are the latest to join the call for his removal.
“After careful examination of the University Act”, both organizations are calling on Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson to investigate because there wasn’t “meaningful consultation with (UNBC’s) Senate” prior to Moore’s appointment.
Moore was appointed the school’s sixth Chancellor last November and that decision has made waves ever since.
In fact an online petition in support of having the appointment rescinded received over 2,000 signatures though the Board of Governors stood firm on its appointment last month.
“The substantive concern about Moore is his leadership role in a government that was antithetical to the values of science, evidence based public policy, and academic freedom,” said CAUT executive director David Robinson.
“Our process oriented concern is that the University Act is being flouted to rush the appointment of individuals friendly to the Liberal government,” added Robinson.
“The appointment of Boards of Governors in British Columbia is a uniquely politicized process, with the Liberal government directly appointing a majority of governors,” added Doug Baer, president of CUFA BC.
“We see Moore’s appointment as part of a failed model of governance at BC universities that values political connections over meaningful commitments to the values of scholarship and academic inquiry.”
In response to this call for an investigation, Minister Wilkinson has released the following statement:
“The University Act requires that every university in British Columbia must have a chancellor. Government is not involved in the selection process of the chancellor. The chancellor acts as the ceremonial head of the university and receives no remuneration.”