Barry Arthur Beckett
Convocation Ceremony: Fall, 1999
Dr. Barry Beckett, holds degrees from St. Andrew’s University in Scotland (B.Sc., Dip.Ed.) and the University of New Brunswick (PhD, 1970).
A long-time professor of chemistry, recently retired registrar and assistant vice-president at UNB Saint John, Barry Beckett joined the campus in 1966. Joining UNB Saint John when the university operated with just a handful of professors at an uptown location, he was named assistant registrar in 1976 and registrar in 1979.
During his years as registrar, Dr. Beckett was credited as one of the guiding forces behind the quadrupling of UNB Saint John’s enrolment to 2,000. Quietly working behind the scenes, Dr. Beckett guided the Registrar’s Office through this growth, as well as through computerization of the student record system.
Dr. Beckett chaired the committee that studied, recommended and planned the first on-campus residence at UNB Saint John, and was a member of a number of new building and space allocation committees. In 1994 he was named Assistant Vice-President at UNBSJ, taking on responsibilities for student services, alumni relations and continuing educations as well as retaining his responsibilities as Registrar.
Well-loved by hundreds of UNBSJ alumni, students and colleagues, Dr. Beckett continued to teach chemistry throughout his 33-year tenure – the honour of Registrar Emeritus is a fitting tribute to this active and dedicated professor and administrator. The emeritus standing is one of the highest honours for a member of university’s faculty or administration.