UNBC President Breaks With Tradition
Prince George, B.C. – When a University hires a new president, there is a formal ‘installation’ ceremony, during which the new President is given their ceremonial convocation robes.
UNBC’s new President Daniel Weeks, is skipping that ceremony.
Instead, he will see the dollars normally spent on an installation put towards student awards. Depending on who is invited, an installation ceremony can carry a price tag of $35 to $50 thousand dollars. “I wanted to do something that fits my priorities” says Dr. Weeks “So we will be directing some of these awards towards Aboriginal students, and other awards towards students coming to UNBC ‘s experiential learning programs.”
He says he feels it is “important to invest in our students, the people who are the reason we exist”.
His official installation will be part of the College of Arts Social and Health Sciences convocation ceremony on May 29th.
His Inaugural Address will take place on June 20th, as part of the University’s final 25th Anniversary event. It will be a fitting time for him to present his vision for UNBC as it heads into its next 25 years.
Dr. Weeks says he doesn’t think his inaugural address will hold any great surprises “I think people are getting to know me quite well and by that time, they will have a pretty good sense of where we’re going. I will just be emphasizing it and laying it out for folks more formally in June.”