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A Message from the President


President Nilson speaks at VIU's
75th Anniversary reception.

The purpose of the VIU History Project is to reflect back to our institution's beginnings in 1936 and celebrate the people who have made Vancouver Island University the place it is today. Community members, board members, students, staff, faculty, instructors, professors, principals, and presidents have all contributed to the evolution and development of VIU. Each contribution is unique and valuable and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank each individual for his/her involvement in our community university. Without you we would not be here.

The college is reflected by its people… Its philosophy will grow from the people involved rather than from a list of aims and objectives decreed from somebody on high…

  -Former President Carl Opgaard, 1969