A former B.C. lieutenant governor will become the titular head of B.C.'s largest research university.
The incoming chancellor, Steven Lewis Point, will also be the first Indigenous person to occupy this position at UBC.
Point is a member of the Skowkale First Nation.
“My father is from the Musqueam Nation and I’ve always felt a personal connection to this land," Point said in a UBC news release. "I look forward to returning to my alma mater and working alongside students, faculty, academic leaders and the broader community to advance the university’s vision.”
He's a UBC law grad in 1985 and spent four years in the early 1990s as director of the First Nations legal studies program at the Peter A. Allard School of Law.
He will succeed Lindsay Gordon on July 1.
"Steven Point is truly an inspiration, not only for the UBC community, but all of B.C.,” UBC board of governors chair Michael Korenberg said. “Steven has demonstrated exemplary leadership through his decades of outstanding service to the people of British Columbia and we are thrilled that he is returning to UBC to bring his vast knowledge and experience to the University.”
The UBC board appointed an Indigenous chancellor at the same time that B.C. has its first Indigenous minister of advanced education, Melanie Mark.
There's also an Indigenous chancellor at Thompson Rivers University. Nathan Matthew used to be the university's executive director of Aboriginal education and was chief of the Simpcw First Nation for more than 20 years.
He was appointed chancellor on March 1, 2018.