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Moore Appointment Stands

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 @ 5:40 PM

Prince George, B.C. – 250News has learned that James Moore will keep his appointment as UNBC’s sixth Chancellor.

In an email to staff this afternoon Board of Governors Chair Ryan Matheson said the decision follows “a special meeting” of the Board last week.

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.”

Moore’s appointment caused a backlash at UNBC. In fact an online petition to remove Moore as chancellor received over 2,000 signatures.



The Board of Governors have lowered themselves to the status of James Moore. A laughingstock.

You calling anyone a laughingstock is pretty rich Herb.

Let us not forget James Moores immortal words when asked about kids going to school hungry.
“…Is it my job to feed my neighbour’s child? I don’t think so.”

Yes it is this paragon of virtue and compassion that the Board of Governors has approved as Chancellor of UNBC. Laughingstocks. All of them.

He’s entitled to his entitlements.


From what I see, university people are harsh and bitter towards each other, personally don’t really care who is chancellor because I have better things to do.

Onyxpartitian, you nailed it and yes there are better things to do.

This controversy just proves what a vindictive clique there is up the hill.

Yeah, the tenured ones do exist on a higher plane, and seem to be quite competitive as well.
As for James Moore as Chancellor, why not? He deserves to feel important.
From what I have read, the whole controversy is a tempest in the tea pot
on the hill. Political tooth gnashing, jealousy. Envy.
The position is mainly ceremonial anyway.
The board of Chancellors are mere figureheads, in my opinion.


“board of chancellors”? I never heard of such a Board.

These are the past/retired Chancellors.

•Honourable Iona Campagnolo
•Dr. K. George Pedersen
•Dr. Peter Bentley
•Dr. Alex Michalos
•Dr. John S. MacDonald (serving until James Moore is appointed)

The Alumni Association nominates individuals for the position. The Board of Governors makes the selection and appoints.

Both the current Chancellor and Vice Chancellor sit on the Board of Governors. The meeting is in-camera and the decision does not have to be unanimous.

It would have been interesting to be a “fly on the wall” during those meetings. :-)

Chancellors are certainly figureheads from the point of view of the ceremonial duties.

However, the ideal Chancellor is one who has an excellent network connecting her/him to the world of business and research to promote the university to others as well as governments, especially from the point of view of gaining funding for programs, research, students, etc. through such instruments as endowments, endorsements, grants, and so on.

An excellent Chancellor is one who has sufficient free time to devote to such expected responsibilities. I wish the Honourable Mr. Moore good luck in getting money from the government in power, from the oil and gas industries as well as the various companies conduction PhD level research to advance their product and service development.

So much for the notion of a Chancellor’s expectation of being winded and dined at the expense of the public purse.

“winded and dined” … LOL :-)

Moore is simply the wrong choice for the position as outlined by gopg2015. That the Board feels like they “consulted” with all stakeholders and still went ahead with this move indicates they either have an agenda of their own that does not align with the best interests of the university or they are so tone-deaf that they simply don’t get why this is a bad appointment.

“board of chancellors”
Okay, so I made that up.

It takes a big (metal)man to admit when he’s wrong. Sounded good, though :)

The UNBC BoG and senior administrators do whatever they want to do without any regard for the students, faculty, or staff. That is one constant at UNBC. It’s also the reason why UNBC is in such dire straits. Clueless people making clueless decisions.

Gus, go have a beer.

I’m afraid that Shadowy is absolutely correct on this matter. Doesn’t bode well for the future of UNBC, my alma mater.

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