IN MAY 2007, AT OUR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, I was elected president of the University of Victoria Alumni Association for a two-year term. President David Turpin was the keynote speaker at our AGM and his contribution to our meeting was most interesting and much appreciated.
The keynote speaker at our annual meeting this year will be UVic Board of Governors Chair Murray Farmer, BA ’68. Murray was appointed to the board in 2002 and became its chair last July. Murray’s position on one of the main governing bodies of the university has put him at the forefront of the exciting developments at UVic in recent years. He has been involved in the university’s rise to greater prominence in climate and ocean science research, with the additions of the NEPTUNE and VENUS ocean observatories and this year’s introduction of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. The physical changes on campus have also been remarkable, with four new buildings opening this year that will add significantly to classroom and laboratory space.
This year’s AGM will include tours of these remarkable new facilities.
Murray is also the association’s nominee for chancellor, a position of great importance that the association’s directors believe should, if at all possible, be filled by an alumna or alumnus. It has become standard practice of the association to carefully select and nominate the best possible candidate and representative of alumni. Murray was nominated by the board after consideration of several potential candidates. He was chosen for his many years of dedicated service to the university as well as his contributions to the community. We encourage all alumni to give him their support.
In other association matters, our strategic plan was finalized and designed to work in concert with the strategic plan set out by the university. This important framework document was completed with contributions from our board members and with the guidance of Don Jones, our director of Alumni Services.
From my vantage point, the future of the UVic Alumni Association looks exciting so please keep in contact via our website or through our helpful alumni services office. There is always an event or activity for every member of our alumni, and I look forward to meeting you in the coming year.
Finally, my thanks to the association’s board of directors for their continuing contributions and to those who have served on our various committees over the past year. Your time and experience is invaluable.
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