UNBC President Charles Jago to Receive Order of Canada

August 31, 2005 for immediate release

UNBC President Dr. Charles Jago will be formally named a Member of the Order of Canada for his contribution to education over the past 25 years. He is one of 82 new appointments announced by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson.

“I am very humbled by this honour,” says Dr. Jago, “and recognize that my achievement has much to do with the talented and dedicated people I have worked with over my career, and especially for the support and encouragement of my wife, Mary.”

During his ten-year tenure at UNBC, Dr. Jago has overseen significant growth and development of the University, including campus expansion, research infrastructure, new degree programs, and the creation of the Northern Medical Program. He has worked extensively on northern economic development and helped to foster major educational initiatives with First Nations groups throughout northern BC.

Dr. Jago graduated from the University of Cambridge with a PhD in History in 1969. He went on to become a full professor at McMaster University, and then served as Principal of Huron College for eight years before coming to UNBC.

In addition to his membership on a number of university boards and councils, Dr. Jago is involved in several local and regional organizations, including Theatre Northwest, The Two Rivers Art Gallery, and the Northern BC United Way, which he chaired in 2004. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Initiatives Prince George and for Partnerships BC Inc.

The Order of Canada was established in 1967 to recognize outstanding achievement and service in various fields of human endeavour. It is Canada’s highest honour for lifetime achievement. The only other Prince George resident to ever be named as a Member of the Order of Canada is conservationist Tommy Tompkins, who received the award in 1974. Native leader Mary John of Vanderhoof was also named to the Order in 1996.

Dr. Jago will retire in July next year. The search process for the next UNBC president is currently underway.

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