VP, External, to step down at year's end

Peter Ufford, vice-president, External Affairs, and special adviser to the president on Business Relations, will step down from his position on Dec. 31.

"I would like to thank Peter for the incredible energy and vision he has brought to our university over the past 12 years. His contributions have truly made a difference to the leadership UBC is able to provide in our local community, across Canada and in the global arena," said President Martha Piper, adding that he has helped position UBC as a leading research institution in Canada.

Ufford joined UBC in 1987 as special consultant to the president on External Affairs and in 1989, under his guidance, the university launched what was at the time the largest fund-raising campaign in Canadian history.

Designed to provide the facilities, equipment, scholarships and endowed chairs required for academic distinction, the campaign raised $262 million and a further $60 million during the same period for other purposes.

He was also instrumental in raising funds to increase the UBC endowment, which, as of March 31, 1999, had a market value of $596.2 million, making it the third largest university endowment in Canada.