UNB Saint John campus history

The 1960's

UNB Saint John in the 1960's

1964

  • G. Forbes Elliot becomes first Principal of UNB Saint John.
  • Registration and orientation for first class of students, including general assembly and a reception for new students.
  • First UNB Saint John students write College Ability Tests, receive timetables. Bookstore opens.
  • The university’s facilities are contained in several buildings in the City’s uptown. The first two years of the Arts and Science programs are offered by 12 faculty to 97 students.
  • UNB $10 million fundraising campaign includes $1,350,000 for new campus of UNB Saint John.

1965

  • City hands over deed for 87 acres of land for the development of a new campus at Tucker Park.
  • Saint John County Municipal Council pledges $250,000 to UNB Saint John.  An additional $250,000 is raised by the end of the month from business and alumni.
  • Second year of operations commences.  Enrolment more than doubles to 271.

1966

  • Business Administration, Engineering, Forestry, Physical Education and Nursing are added to program offerings.
  • Enrolment increases to 340.
  • Governor General Georges Vanier and his wife turn sod on new Tucker Park location.
  • Men’s basketball team admitted into NB and PEI Collegiate Conference.

1967

  • Site excavation starts on Tucker Park campus.
  • NB government commits $4.5 million to new campus building project.

1968

  • Senate approves names of buildings on new campus: William Ganong Hall (science building) and Sir Douglas Hazen Hall (arts building); and Ward Chipman Library.
  • Cornerstone laid in Ward Chipman Library building foundation to mark construction of the campus
  • First students to attend UNB Saint John, in 1964, graduate from UNB.
  • Enrolment reaches 462.

1969

  • UNB Saint John students demonstrate at Legislature Building in Fredericton, protesting government’s plan to maintain the campus as a junior college for the “foreseeable future.”
  • Tucker Park campus officially opened. 
  • New campus opens for first classes.
  • Enrolment exceeds 500.