One of the main buildings at UNBC is being renamed after the late Charles McCaffray. He was considered a visionary for the north, spearheading the campaign to establish a University in the North.
McCaffray was the President of the College of New Caledonia in the mid-1980’s. UNBC says he was the first to propose building a university to keep northern students in the north. “Charles McCaffray’s determination as an academic champion and educator, and his ability to unite skeptics towards a common goal laid the foundation upon which UNBC is built,” said UNBC President Dr. Daniel Weeks.
He was part of the so-called “No Name Group”, which worked to convince the Social Credit provincial government to establish a university in the north. As a member of the Interior University Society, he helped foster a report that demonstrated the feasibility of a regional University. The report, which was written by an acclaimed Swedish educator, added to the credibility of the proposal.
McCaffray passed away in 2015. During a ceremony September 28th, the Administration building will be renamed Charles J McCaffray Hall.