“The people’s University must meet all the needs of all the people. We must therefore proceed with care to the erection of those Workshops where we may design and fashion the tools needed in the building of a nation and from which we can survey and lay out paths of enlightenment, tunnel the mountains of ignorance and bridge the chasms of incompetence.”
Frank Wesbrook became UBC’s first president in 1913. A noted scholar and accomplished university administrator, Wesbrook worked tirelessly to attract internationally distinguished faculty and develop the Point Grey campus. Despite his failing health and the outbreak of World War I, he created the foundation for the university to thrive for the next 100 years.