MURRAY FARMER, BA ’68, WAS SWORN-IN as the university’s 10th chancellor on June 15. Here are excerpts from his remarks at the start of Spring Convocation ceremonies.
> This is a day I could never have imagined back in 1963 when I was a first-year stu?dent commuting back and forth between the Lansdowne campus and the brand new Gordon Head campus.
> So much has happened in the years since Joseph Clearihue declared: “The Uni?ver?sity of Victoria…I think we should call it ‘UVic.’” You can see it all around you in the explosive growth of the physical campus. And you can feel it in the academic air.
> At this moment in Canada’s history, robust and vibrant institutions of advanced education are more vitally important than ever before because it is through advanced education and research that Canada will succeed.
> UVic is up for the challenge. We have the people. We have the pioneering spirit. And with all this we will maintain our traditions of academic independence, social diversity, of openness, community involvement and prudent financial management.
> I pledge to do my best to represent this university to the very best of my abilities.
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