Series s02 - BCIT Office of the President series

Student information brochure 1964-1965 BCIT Professional Development Day: Building a learning community, navigating change April 25, 2001 Official opening of the British Columbia Institute of Technology October 5, 1964 Invitation to the official opening of the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Monday Octobe... Invitation to all BCIT staff members to a tour of the Institute, Sunday May 31, 1964 Mrs. A. Miller RSVP to refreshments after a tour of the Institute, Sunday May 31, 1964 Commencement Exercise, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1964, Department of Education, British Columbia Instit... Medical Laboratory Technology: Opening session, Tuesday May 19, 1964, Department of Education, Br... BCIT Commencement Exercise, September 7, 1966 Convocation 1966 British Columbia Institute of Technology Commencement Exercise, 8th September 1965, British Columbia Institute of Technology BCIT Rededication: Souvenir program BCIT 20th Anniversary, September 14, 1984 BCIT Tour guide, October 5, 1964 Maquinna BCIT Time Capsule plaque (1985) 20th Anniversary sticker 20th Anniversary sticker Minister of Education Honourable Jack Heinrich's remarks for BCIT BCIT Board Chairman 1984-1974; left Malcolm J. Wickson (current Chairman); right Dr. Ralph Patter... Arial photograph of BCIT 1984 Arial photographs contact sheet with 2014-12.011 marked on it in red (some water damage) Blank copy of BCIT Pioneers certificate with original gold embossed folder Blank copy of BCIT Commemorative certificate  with original gold embossed folder Discover BCIT (brochure) BCIT graduates work HIRE ONE
Results 1 to 25 of 37 Show all

Identity area

Reference code



BCIT Office of the President series


  • 1959-01-01 - 2007-12-31 (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

5.1 m textual records

Context area

Name of creator


Administrative history

From BCIT's founding until 1974 the B.C. Department of Education in partnership with an Advisory Council, chosen from business and industry, appointed the Principal as the Chief Executive Officer of BCIT.

The three divisions of Engineering, Business and Health were managed by three Directors who reported directly to the Principal. The Advisory Council formed seventeen advisory committees which met at least twice a year and advised Technology Heads at BCIT about the effectiveness of the programs being taught, opportunities for employment and updates in the industry. Recommendations went through the Principal who carried them to the main Advisory Council.

A more autonomous relationship developed between the provincial government and BCIT with the passage of the British Columbia Institute of Technology Act on July 4, 1974. The Act established a new system of governance for the Institute under a fifteen–person Board of Governors. Under Section 11 (3) of the BCIT Act the Principal was required to submit an Annual Report to the Board of Governors for the educational year. The position of Principal was expanded to encompass linking functions both between the Board of Governors and the Institute, and between the Institute and the external community. The Principal assumed the responsibility of implementing Board policy and administering the budget; she also served as the chief means of mobilizing the institute’s resources in recognizing and clarifying issues and expediting decision making. At the same time, three Executive Director positions were created in the areas of Technical Education; Administration; and Personnel and Information Services and Student Services, in order that BCIT could effectively carry on day-to-day operations while implementing a variety of administrative systems. With the Directors of the five Educational Divisions, the Bursar, the Registrar, and the Coordinator of Planning Services, the Executive Directors were members of an Executive Committee, a consultative body which advised the Principal and served as a channel of communication between the Chief Executive Officer and BCIT's staff, students and faculty.

In 1986 when BCIT merged with the Pacific Vocational Institute the title of the Chief Executive Officer of BCIT changed from Principal to President.

In 2004, BCIT's governing legislation became the College and Institute Act, RSBC 1996, ch. 5 (2). Under this Act, the President is defined as the Institute's Chief Executive Office, with the duty to “supervise and direct subject to bylaws, the instructional, administrative and other staff of the institution and exercise powers and perform duties assigned to the president by the board.” The President is to report to the Board of Governors annually on the progress of BCIT, make recommendations, and advise the Board on all matters concerning the operation of BCIT.

Individuals who have served as Principal include: Gordon A. Thom, Principal (1974-1985), Cliff McAdam, Acting Principal (July-August 1974), Dean H. Goard, Principal (1967-June 1974) d Jan 1986, E. Cecil Roper, Principal (1962-1967)

Individuals who have served as President include: Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, President (July 10, 2023-present), Paul McCullough, Interim President (July 1, 2022-July 9, 2023), Kathy Kinloch, President (2014-June 30, 2022), Chris Golding, Interim President (2013-January 2014), Don Wright, President (2008-2013), Verna Magee-Shepherd, Acting President (June 2007-March 2008), Tony Knowles, President (2000-May 2007), Brian Gillespie, President (1995-August 2000), John A. Watson, President (1989-1995), Roy V. Murray, President (1985-1988)

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The records were transferred directly to the Archives from the President’s Office.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

The BCIT Office of the President series consists of records made and received in the course of carrying out the functions of the office from 1962 to the present. The activities documented include policy and procedures development; participation in the President’s Executive Council (PEC) which is composed of senior managers who make decisions on the institute’s operations, and other bodies, including the Board of Governors, liaison with internal and external bodies such as the various faculties, the Faculty and Staff Association, non-government and non-educational organizations such as companies, non-profit societies, industry groups, standards associations, etc, and the provincial and federal governments; budget preparation; the regulation of instruction, including appointments and salaries; correspondence with various individuals and institutions regarding academic matters; the development of new programs and departments; public engagements; and the solicitation and the distribution of grants, and scholarships. The types of documents include meeting agenda and minutes, brochures, correspondence, memorandum, publications, and reports.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


Further accruals are expected.

System of arrangement

The subseries have been arranged in conformity with the file classification system in place in the President's Office. Files within subseries are arranged both chronologically and by subject.

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Conditions governing reproduction

Language of material

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Please schedule an appointment with the BCIT Archivist for access.

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Related descriptions

Notes area

Alternative identifier(s)

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Description control area

Description identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

D. Brocklehurst, created 2004-11
E. Padilla, updated 2012
C. McLellan, updated 2014-11-21
C. Perrin, edited and updated 2017-12-12




Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related genres

Related places