“The new position was created to provide coordination and senior academic leadership to UNBC’s delivery of courses and degree programs in northern B.C. communities outside of Prince George,” UNBC said in a press release.

Dr. Dale arrived at UNBC in 2008, after serving as the Chair of the Botany Department and Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Dale had also previously served as Interim President between George Iwama’s departure at UNBC and the appointment of Dr. Weeks.

“When I first came to UNBC six years ago, I was intrigued by UNBC’s connection to the north,” Dr. Dale said. “Now, and especially after serving as Interim President, I have come to understand how UNBC’s presence throughout the north is integral to the success of the university and the region itself.”

UNBC has regional campuses in Fort St. John, Quesnel, and Terrace. They also have an affiliation agreement with Wilp Wilxo’oskwhl Nisga’a in the Nass Valley, research forests east of Prince George and near Fort St. James, as well as a research station on the Quesnel River near Likely.

“It’s fitting that we’re announcing this appointment on the eve of UNBC’s 25th anniversary, as we celebrate the creation of UNBC through the sheer will and tenacity of thousands of northerners,” Dr. Weeks said. “UNBC belongs to the people of the north and they deserve to have someone of Dr. Dale’s experience providing leadership to our regional delivery.”

To date, more than 1,100 students have graduated from UNBC through undergraduate and graduate coursework that has been delivered primarily through regional centres.

In 2013, Continuing Studies provided training and professional development opportunities in 36 communities.