An extract from Professor Santa Ono’s latest blog post
Thank you, faculty and staff: you make UBC special
I give many speeches in my role as president and vice-chancellor of UBC. This past week alone, I’ve spoken at graduation ceremonies at UBC Okanagan, at a luncheon for the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, at a dinner for the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and on other occasions. Later this week I’ll be speaking as a member of a panel on green technology at the Pacific Institute for Climate Studies annual forum. In a typical month, I give more than 20 speeches (you can read some of my past speeches here).
But two speeches I gave this week were particularly close to my heart, because they gave me a chance to thank the people who make this university the outstanding institution that it is.
I’ve said before that being a university president is a little like being an orchestra conductor. You get to stand at the front. You get to wear the bowtie. But no amount of arm-waving will call forth success if you don’t have a brilliant ensemble that is working well – together. And UBC’s faculty and staff are integral to that brilliant ensemble.