About the Initiative

President Emeritus John McLaughlin (2002-2009) conceived of the Andrews Initiative as an intellectual journey for mature learners.  From the outset, the Andrews Initiative has been one component in a strategy for engaging society’s rapidly increasing cohort of 50+.

Founding Principles

The overarching goals for this strategy are threefold: to contribute to the intellectual and personal well being of the new generation of learners over 50; to benefit from their experience and expertise; and to engage an entirely new cadre of students in the university.

In addition to its obvious connection to lifelong learning, the Andrews Initiative supports several of the university's strategic goals, including leadership in discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship; building a better university; and building a better province.  The Andrews Initiative is made possible through the bequest of J. William Andrews.

Engaging Ideas

The Initiative explores substantive topics of current importance intended to stretch the mind and test the intellect.  Launched in 2011 and evolving, this journey of the mind will take many forms and directions. We are planning a variety of activities, including courses, seminars, workshops, lectures and discussion groups—all in person, many online. 

Our motto is “Engaging Ideas”.  We encourage you to investigate further.  Eventually, we hope, it will be the participants in the Andrews Initiative who determine its course and provide the ideas with which we engage.

J. William Andrews: A Short Biography

Born on 9 April 1931 in Milltown, NB, Bill Andrews graduated from Milltown High School in 1948 and enrolled at UNB, where he earned a BA, First-Class Honours, in Economics in 1952.  As a student, he participated in the Debating Club and the Student Christian Movement.

A very private individual, he was a life-long employee of CIL/ICI/PCI in Montreal where he worked as an accountant.  He was a regular but modest donor to his alma mater over the years. He died on 27 January 2005 at age 73.

In his bequest he left a quarter of his estate to UNB, indicating he wished to receive no recognition.