James Moore, former Member of Parliament for Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam, has been named chancellor of the University of Northern British Columbia, according to a press release from the institution.
“I am humbled and honoured to be UNBC’s next Chancellor,” said Moore in the release. “UNBC is a great institution with a proud history and a sterling reputation today. With the recent number-one ranking in Maclean’s magazine, and a bright future on the horizon, I am looking forward to playing my part in the future successes to this fine institution.”
Moore first represented Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam after being elected in 2000 at the age of 24, the youngest representative in British Columbia’s history. He graduated from UNBC in 2001 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Since then he has served as Minister of Industry, Regional Minister for British Columbia, Minister of Canadian Heritage & Official Languages, and Secretary of State for the 2010 Olympics, Official Languages & the Asia Pacific Gateway. Retiring from politics in early 2015, Moore has been working as Senior Business Advisor at the Vancouver office of international law firm Dentons.
“The Board gave strong consideration to all our constituent groups in making this announcement. It’s an honour to call upon a distinguished alumni member and a leader who brings a unique perspective of global politics, a perspective that has also been shaped by a distinct Northern BC experience,” said UNBC Board of Governors Chair, Ryan Matheson in the release. “This appointment will help advance UNBC as we embark on our next quarter century of excellence in post-secondary education and research.”
Moore will succeed Chancellors Iona V. Campagnolo, K. George Pedersen, Peter J.G. Bentley, Alex C. Michalos, and John MacDonald.