When I learned of UBC president Stephen Toope’s decision to step down from his post, effective June 2014, I was both sorry to hear it and proud to think of all that has been accomplished under his presidency. UBC is losing a skilful and dedicated leader whose voice commands respect and attention in the world of post-secondary education. Over the past few years of his tenure, the stature and influence of alumni has grown on campus. And alumni will be on hand to help choose a new president over the coming months, with two seats on the search committee reserved for representatives of alumni UBC, your association.
UBC is also losing a chancellor. By next summer, Sarah Morgan-Silvester, BCom’82, will have completed two stellar terms in the role. She is a tireless champion for the university and an advocate, too, for the importance of a long-term commitment to the active engagement of alumni. In fact the Alumni Association board chair is charged with leading the committee that identifies and submits a nominee for the role of chancellor – after consultation with the Council of Senates – to the Board of Governors.
UBC’s new president and chancellor will need stamina, resolve and vision to continue the sterling work of their predecessors. Next year’s new incumbents can rest assured that alumni UBC will continue to provide an important source of wise and balanced advice and support, especially with regard to the university’s biggest constituent group. Our board’s work over the past years has been geared toward exactly that.
This all bodes very well for the future of our university and its place in our lives.