1908: Framework In Place
Convocation met for the first time on 8 January, at the
Metropolitan Methodist Church, Regina. Amid a variety of speeches, 213 degrees
were awarded. Graduates of other
Canadian universities who were residents of Saskatchewan were granted
equivalent degrees, ad eundem gradum.1
The next major step on the path to building the new
university was the selection and appointment of the Board of Governors. The Board is the administrative
executive of the University. It is the
body that must raise and expend funds, make appointments, provide buildings and
equipment, and generally manage the business affairs of the institution. The
University Act mandated a nine member
board: “the president of the university; three members appointed by the
Lieutenant Governor in Council; and, five members to be appointed by the
senate.”2 The Board of
Governors held its first meeting 22 May and by 20 August had formally appointed
Walter Charles Murray as President.
Walter Charles Murray was born
12 May 1866 in Studholm Parish, King's County, New Brunswick. He began his academic career at the
University of New Brunswick and received a BA in 1886. After having earned a grammar school
license at the provincial Normal School, Murray went to the University of
Edinburgh as the Canadian Gilchrist scholar, and received a MA in Philosophy in
1891. After a brief period of study in
Berlin, Murray returned to UNB as Professor of Philosophy and Economics. From 1892 to 1908, he was Munro Professor of
Philosophy and Lecturer in Education at Dalhousie University. During this time Murray married Christine
Cameron, whom he had known since grade school, and they subsequently had three
President’s Office fonds, RG 2001, Series I.
Walter Murray fonds, MG 1.
J.E. Murray fonds, MG 61.
D. & R. Murray fonds, MG 153.
1908a: W.C. Murray, [ca. 1908]. Photograph Collection, A-5533.
1908b: Original Board of Governors, 1908. Photograph Collection, A-2864.
1908c: J .E. Murray fonds, MG 61, Series A, file IV 83.
1. Hayden, p. 12-13.
2. University Act, 1907.
3. Guide to
Holdings, p. 194.