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On behalf of the Board of Governors, I am delighted to announce that the former Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, the Honourable Steven Lewis Point, has been appointed the university’s 19th Chancellor, upon nomination by the alumni UBC Board of Directors.
Mr. Point is a member of the Skowkale First Nation and has an outstanding record of service to the people of British Columbia. He has advocated for First Nations people throughout his career, pressing for greater recognition of their contributions and their fuller involvement in all aspects of life in BC.
A double alumnus of UBC, Mr. Point has retained close ties with the university since receiving his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1985. He served as director of the First Nations Legal Studies program at the Peter A. Allard School of Law from 1991–1994. He was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 2013 for his exceptional commitment in the field of law, legal and Aboriginal education and his leadership in the Indigenous community.
Mr. Point is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals, the Order of British Columbia, the Joseph H. Cohen Award from the Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation, a National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the Order of Chilliwack, and honorary Doctorate of Laws degrees from the University of the Fraser Valley and Capilano University.
The Chancellor is the titular head of the university. In this role, Mr. Point will be the chair of the Convocation and a member of the Board of Governors and Senates. He will confer degrees granted by UBC and represent the university in many formal occasions. The Chancellor is also a member, ex officio, of the Board of Directors of alumni UBC.
Starting his role on July 1, Mr. Point will succeed Lindsay Gordon, who steps down after six years of exemplary service to the university. On behalf of a very grateful Board of Governors, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Lindsay for his tremendous contributions to the university, both before and during his time as our Chancellor, and assure him that he will always be welcome at all UBC events, on both campuses.
Please join me in congratulating Mr. Point on his appointment.
Michael J. Korenberg
Chair, UBC Board of Governors
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