Trinity Western University

1985

TWC Becomes TWU

It’s official – Trinity Western College of Langley is now Trinity Western University. A private member’s bill, introduced in the provincial legislature early in April by Surrey MLA Rita Johnston, was given final reading this week. This bill gives Trinity Western full university status, and makes it the first private university in BC.
“Trinity now officially a University,” Langley Times, June 19, 1985, no page. [TWU Archives: Coll. 3 B 1 File: 1985]

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    TWC Act Amendment

    Bill Pr 406 was passed on June 28th, and was approved and ordered on October 24th.

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    [TWU Archives: Coll. 5 B 1 File 6]

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    Another Reason to Celebrate

    During the September convocation ceremony Neil and Marlie Snider were presented with a cake, in honour of their 25th wedding anniversary.

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    [TWU Archives: 1998-01-3096]

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    J.I. Packer

    Trinity's new status was celebrated during convocation, held on Friday, September 15th. Renowned author and theologian Dr. James I. Packer of Regent College was invited to give the convocation address.

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    [TWU Archives: Audio Visual Collection. Aud 93]

    I’m very grateful for the welcome that’s been given me, and I would like you to know that I’m glad to be here. The first thing that I must say is a word of greeting and congratulations from Regent College to Trinity Western University on the attainment of University status. This has already been celebrated by others, but I was asked to bring this as a message from Regent College in particular, and so I do. I am glad to be the messenger of that particular message.

    We really are delighted at Regent College that Trinity Western should have attained University status in this happy way. We do feel at Regent a certain partnership with Trinity. Indeed there’s a sense in which we feel at Regent that we presuppose you, in the sense that we rely for what we’re doing on the kind of work that you folk here are doing. I mean by that just this: that Regent College is a “Lay Seminary,” primarily; our business is to work at a graduate level with those that want to serve the Lord as laymen in the professions. They want therefore to see how to integrate their faith with the professional work that they do and to bring it to bear effectively on the many walks of life from which they’ve come, and to which they’re going to return. Well, you here have become a Christian university. To say that is simply to say that you now have the right name for what you always have been: a universitas litterarum as they would have said it in Latin, that is, an institution committed to the wholeness of learning. And it’s at places, like Trinity Western, that we find the Christian experts in all those various disciplines – arts and sciences – that make for a liberal education. What we are doing at Regent really depends upon our being able to draw on the expertise of folk like the professors here at Trinity Western. There’s a kind of balance there; I would like to express the hope that there will be more of it and that it will be made more explicit in the future than perhaps it has been up to this point, because the reality is there and has been there all along.

    And it’s my privilege to address you on the first academic occasion following the bestowal of university status.

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