UNBC Senate expresses lack of confidence in leadership of Board Chair
Prince George, B.C. – Last night, after lengthy discussion and debate, the UNBC Senate passed a motion stating “that Senate lacks confidence in the leadership of the Board of Governors Chair”. This motion follows another passed in December in which, on the grounds that it was not properly consulted by the Board, the Senate criticized the process whereby James Moore was appointed as chancellor of the university.
According to the motion’s proponent Faculty Senator Michael Murphy, the Board Chair has not addressed the many concerns raised by Senate and instead has pushed ahead with the appointment, despite the fact that the Board itself barely supported Moore becoming chancellor (7 in favour; 6 against; and 1 abstention).
Opposition has been strong at the university to the Moore appointment. Many feel the former Conservative government, of which Moore was a prominent member, muzzled scientists and researchers during its ten years in office, and was anti-science and anti-academic in its policies and behavior. Equal concern has been put forward regarding the process by which Moore’s nomination and appointment came about.
To date, the UNBC Faculty Association, the Confederation of University Faculty Associations (CUFA BC) and the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) have expressed strong concerns about the selection of James Moore. For their part, UNBC undergraduate and graduate students have both voted against the appointment