Moore Ready To Work on Behalf of UNBC
Prince George, B.C.- James Moore has been officially installed as the new Chancellor of the University of Northern British Columbia.
Standing outside the Northern Sport Centre, Moore took some moments to speak with reporters about his new duties. “It is a week of mixed emotions for me” Moore told reporters moments before his official installation “My father passed away on Monday. He was planning on coming up, he had a plane ticket and he bought a new suit and he was ready to come up, so for me it’s a bit of a tough day in that sense, but I am very proud to be back and honour my dad.”
The selection of Moore as the 6th Chancellor of the University was steeped in controversy and sparked protests from some faculty and students. Moore believes he has a great deal to offer UNBC ” I will be the first graduate of the University to serve as Chancellor and so I think there is a perspective there that I think is extremely important. Certainly we have student representatives on the Board and in the Senate, but I think a perspective of a former student in a position of leadership at the University I think will be helpful.” Moore says he is very proud of UNBC and proud of having the opportunity to be Chancellor and spokesperson for the school working with everybody but wouldn’t be surprised if there was some sort of protest during his installation “It’s pretty common at most convocations that maybe someone says or does something, and that is fine. It was a year ago that I said I was leaving politics, so for me, the political world is behind me and I am looking to the future with new things, like being the Chancellor of UNBC and if people still want to engage politically, of course that is entirely their right to, but I’m focused on what’s ahead.”.
Moore has already attended two Board meetings and says he is active in the University community having already visited the regional campuses and plans to attend those convocation ceremonies next week. “I’ve gotten to meet faculty, student groups, the leadership Board, so I’m getting deeply involved in the University community again and I’m appreciative of the warm welcome that folks have given to me and I’m looking forward to giving back and working for the school that meant so much to me.”
Moore, a former Cabinet Minister in the Stephen Harper government, says he has left partisan politics behind and won’t be taking part in this weekend’s Conservative convention that’s underway in Vancouver “I will be visiting friends on the margins, Stephen Harper is calling me this afternoon to congratulate me on today, so I remain friends but equally, I’m also friends with Jean Chretien, he’s a colleague of mine at Denton’s when politics is over, we all move on with life and we all work together in collaborative efforts for me it’s at the law firm I work at, and now UNBC working with people with all different views all different perspectives, all different backgrounds you put your politics aside and you focus on your project, and this project of this University is really important for Prince George, it’s important for the North it’s important for Canada to have a school that is as unique as this and is doing great things.”
He laughs as he recalls his first trip to the UNBC campus when he was a student “Right behind me, where we’re standing , was a moose just standing there, A moose came out, blocked my way, and I honked my horn and he stood right over the hood of my car, drooling on my car, and that was my very first visit to campus.”
Moore says he is happy to be at the service of the University, “My role is to be a servant” and he says some initiatives he might become involved in include increasing enrollment of students from the lower mainland , fund raising, “I recognize the role of Chancellor is to work with others and not assume what I think would be in the best interest of the University. but listen and respond accordingly.”
He says he is looking forward to congratulating the students who have worked incredibly hard “This day is about them.”