One of the country’s most well-known and respected lawyers and advocates for justice will become the next Chancellor of Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops.
Wally Oppal, QC, has dedicated his working life to improving social justice and community safety. He was Crown Counsel and defence counsel on numerous high-profile criminal cases and is currently commissioner of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry.
“Wally Oppal is a well respected British Columbian,” said Karl deBruijn, TRU board of governors chair at the board’s regular monthly meeting on Feb. 11. “I know his commitment to justice and to our province will inspire a whole new generation as they build their futures at TRU. He is a great role model for achievement, setting a positive example for students who are working hard on their educational goals.”
The board of governors, on the recommendation of a board committee, which included student, alumni, faculty and community representation, made the selection of Oppal. He will be formally installed as Chancellor on June 8 as part of the ceremonies that will precede four Convocations held on June 9 and 10 at Thompson Rivers University.
“I am deeply honoured to have been selected chancellor of Thompson Rivers University,” Oppal said to the board of governors. “I know of no other post-secondary institution in B.C. that is more innovative and creative in meeting the diverse needs of our province in the 21st century.”
“Wally Oppal’s reputation as an advocate of justice and his dedication to serving the people of B.C. is an inspiration to us all,” said Alan Shaver, president and vice-chancellor of Thompson Rivers University. “He is an excellent choice to help guide Thompson Rivers University as it launches the country’s first new law school in over 30 years.”
Nancy Greene Raine was named as TRU’s first chancellor in 2004 and served two three-year terms. The honorary head of the university, the chancellor represents and bestows prestige on the institution and is a member of the board of governors and the university senate.