Collection UA-46 - University of the Air

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University of the Air

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  • Moving images
  • Moving images (electronic)

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  • October 24, 1976 (Creation)
    Dalhousie University. Board of Governors.

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7 gigabytes

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Biographical history

The Board of Governors of Dalhousie University is responsible for the overall conduct, management, administration and control of the property, revenue and business of the university. The board represents the interests of the institution in directing its affairs within the statutes relating to Dalhousie University. The board maintains a stewardship role, delegating the day-to-day management of the university to the president and the senior administration. The board also respects the responsibility of the University Senate to adopt policies on academic matters subject to board approval.

In 1818 Lord Dalhousie formed a Board of Trustees to oversee the building and establishment of the college. These trustees—local religious leaders and representatives from the Nova Scotia government—formed the basis of the seven-member Board of Governors incorporated in 1821. Since then the administrative structure of the board has undergone many changes. It was dissolved in 1840 and reformed to facilitate the growth of the new college. In 1863 an “Act for the Regulation and Support of Dalhousie College” replaced all earlier statutes regarding the board. The 1935 Dalhousie Act changed the way board members were appointed, attempted to create a closer working relationship between the University Senate and the Board of Governors, and formed an Executive Committee with the power to act between meetings.

The Board of Governors currently has a membership of twenty-six people, including ex-officio members, alumni, faculty and student representatives, who form internal committees dedicated to specific areas of university affairs ranging from staff relations to pension investments.

Past chairs include Lord Dalhousie (1818-1820); James Kempt (1820-1826); M. Wallace (1826-1836); Sir Colin Campbell (1836-1840); Lord Falkland (1840-1848); Sir William Young (1848-1885); Sir Adams G. Archibald (1885-1893); John Doull (1893-1900); John F. Stairs (1900-1905); Thomas Ritchie (1905-1908); George S. Campbell (1908-1929); G. Fred Pearson (1929-1932); Hector McInnes (1932-1938); James McGregor Stewart (1938-1942); Lieutenant-Colonel K.C. Laurie (1942-1957); Brigadier H.V.D. Laing (1957-1959); Donald McInnes (1959-1968); A.G. Archibald (1981-1986); W. Struan Robertson (1986-1991); George C. Piercy (1991-1993); Allan C. Shaw (1993-2000); James S. Cowan (2000-2008); Jim Spatz (2008-2014); and Larry Stordy (2014-).

Custodial history

This collection was transferred from the Dalhousie University Public Relations Office.

Scope and content

University of the air was a distance learning initiative started by CTV's regional television affiliates, to offer degree-related video courses, taught by University professors around the country. Production of University of the Air started in 1966, and continued until 1983. The University of the Air courses were structured into series, around a central theme, and divided into 5 episodes. This collection comprises four such series which were produced in atlantic Canada, and hosted by Dalhousie University Faculty. Series one is entitled "The Oceans", series two is "The Structure of Sound", series three is "20th Century Latin America: Why Revolution", and series four is "Textiles: Their Development and Effects".

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  • English

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These 20 digital video files have been made available for streaming through the . Preservation-quality master digital files are available at the University Archives.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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October 2014

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