As a member of the UNB Board of Governors, it has been an honour to advocate for the interests of students and the University as a whole. I have done this in a number of ways; most significantly, I have proposed the allocation of funds necessary to properly support our academy. As such, I have opposed the wasteful and ineffective Why UNB? marketing campaign, and advocated that a significant portion of the funding currently being squandered on it instead be allocated to the academic priorities laid out in UNB’s Academic Planning Report.
I lay out my arguments for why I oppose the exorbitant funding of the Why UNB? campaign at the expense of UNB’s academic mission in a memo that I wrote as a member of the Board. In that memo, I reference Dalhousie University student enrolment numbers that I compiled. The AUNBT has also published my memo on its website.
I will speak about this issue on the CBC’s Information Morning Fredericton program tomorrow morning. Tune in on May 27 at 7:15 a.m. AST for the discussion, which will air on both CBC TV and radio.