Former UNBC President Charles Jago has been appointed Interim President of UNBC for the next year until a permanent president is selected by the University’s Board of Governors. He begins his term as Interim President on July 2.
Jago will replace Dr. Don Cozzetto who stepped down as president earlier this month.
Dr. Jago served as president of UNBC between 1995 and 2006 and presided over tremendous growth of the University, in terms of student numbers, research activity, and campus infrastructure. He is an Order of Canada recipient and presently chair of several community and corporate boards including the Fraser Basin Council, Northern Health, and Canfor Pulp.
“Both the Board and the University are fortunate that Dr. Jago is in Prince George and able to step in on very short notice,” said Don Rix, Chair of the UNBC Board of Governors, in a press relese. “Dr. Jago has the skills and experience for the job but because of his involvement with many other organizations, he will be assisted by former Simon Fraser University president, Jack Blaney.”
Dr. Jago and Dr. Blaney have a combined total of more than 40 years of experience in senior administration at BC universities.
“I’m honoured to have been asked to serve as Interim President and I’m looking forward to assisting with UNBC’s transition to a new president,” said Dr. Jago.
At its meeting this past weekend, the board confirmed the procedure for selecting UNBC’s next president and met with staff, faculty, and students who provided input into the process. The search committee will be struck this summer.