Office of the President

President’s Welcome

Martha C. Piper, O.C., O.B.C., Ph.D.

As Interim President and Vice-Chancellor, I would like to extend a warm welcome.

Whether you are part of our UBC community, or in the process of joining us — through work, study or partnership — I am proud to welcome you to one of the most vibrant, inspirational places of learning and research in the world.

One hundred years ago, the new University of British Columbia opened its doors with few resources, modest ambitions, and a strong resolve. Our founders welcomed UBC’s first students with a promise to “provide a satisfactory education” and to conduct “respectable” research.

What a difference a century makes! UBC’s best — now acknowledged to rank among the best in the world — have proved that we can aim much higher. Working together, our faculty, staff, and students have demonstrated that our pursuit of excellence in learning, teaching, and research is making a lasting and positive difference.

I enjoy the privilege of having led UBC on two occasions, as its 11th President from 1997 to 2006, and now as Interim President during the university’s Centennial year. As UBC celebrates its 100th anniversary, we have a century of accomplishment and excellence upon on which to build. We are old enough to have established an impressive foundation and a history of excellence, while still young enough to be nimble in a world of accelerating change.

Looking forward, I strongly believe that UBC will continue to thrive and make a difference — locally, nationally and globally. I am proud to lead this university as it embarks on its next 100 years.

I hope you will join me on this exciting journey.

Dr. Martha C. Piper
Interim President and Vice-Chancellor