Minister of Advanced Education Andrew Wilkinson (third from left) toured Thompson Rivers University Williams Lake Friday meeting with Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett (centre) and met with TRU director Dr. Ray Sanders

Minister of Advanced Education Andrew Wilkinson (third from left) toured Thompson Rivers University Williams Lake Friday meeting with Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett (centre) and met with TRU director Dr. Ray Sanders

New minister visits local TRU campus

Minister of Advance Education Andrew Wilkinson was in Williams Lake Friday touring the Thompson Rivers University campus.

Minister of Advance Education Andrew Wilkinson was in Williams Lake Friday touring the Thompson Rivers University campus.

Wilkinson, former minister of technology, innovation and citizens’ services, has been in his new post since Dec. 18, after trading places with Amrik Virk.

“Now that I’m the newly minted minister of advanced education and there are 25 institutions around the province that we fund and regulate it’s important to get around and see them all,” Wilkinson told reporters before he toured the campus.

After the tour TRU director Dr. Ray Sanders said he was impressed that within 30 days of being appointed to his new role Wilkinson was able to visit the campus.

“MLA Donna Barnett is an avid supporter of TRU Williams Lake and I credit her for constantly looking for ways to bring attention and resources to her riding,” Sanders said.

Sanders was equally inspired by the other members of the community and the TRU students who gave up their time to show support for the university and talk with the minister, he added.

“I am hopeful that this support will help grow the university to meet the needs of our area.”