Oct. 1, 2004 "Changing of the Guard" community event, in honour of retiring President Weninger and new President Troschke
Dr. Terence Anthony (Terry) Weninger
B.Sc., B.Ed. (Saskatchewan), M.Ed. (Alberta), Ed.D. (Arizona State)
CNC President, 1990-2004
When the search for a new President began in 1990, representatives from the students, staff, administration and board all got to express their expectations about the personal and academic qualifications desired in the new president. A Canada-wide search was underway, and Dr. Terence Anthony Weninger was chosen.
Dr. Weninger brought a wealth of experience to the position, having served as Deputy Minister of Education in the Yukon before becoming Vice-President at Medicine Hat College. His educational background included undergraduate degrees in Canada, a Ph.D. from Arizona State University, and post-doctoral studies at the University of Washington and the Communication Excellence Institute in California. Upon his appointment, the faculty association president, John English, said his association was “particularly pleased with Weninger’s strong academic credentials.” The faculty also valued his expertise as a communicator and appreciated that he had sought educational experience outside Canada to get a different perspective.
On August 15, 1990 Dr. Weninger assumed the post as President of the College of New Caledonia. He held the position until September 30, 2004, a fourteen-year term which is unique for its length of tenure. In addition to using his communications expertise to improve internal and external college intercommunication, there was an important working relationship to build with the newly-established University of Northern British Columbia. His involvement immediately created a positive tenor.
Dr. Weninger was skilled in negotiating and convincing governments about the importance of funding CNC’s programs. He oversaw a major expansion of the Prince George campus in 1997, as well as the opening of a new Residence, Day Care Centre and Nicholson campus. In the college region, ribbon-cuttings and celebrations accompanied the opening of the new Lakes District Campus, expanded facilities in Mackenzie and Valemount, a new learning centre in Fort St. James and a new CNC/UNBC campus in Quesnel (in progress). All the while, Dr. Weninger was actively advocating for an expansion of the trades and technologies facilities and programs. In 1997 when the main campus expansion was opened, he said “We will need the same level of support from our politicians and community to achieve that [trades and technologies] goal." In 2004, the goal came one step closer to being realized with the acquisition of the "Canadian Tire" building in Prince George; a particular highlight for the Board and President.
Dr. Weninger was genuinely interested in students and was always ready with an encouraging word. He shared with them information about his first job, working for a drugstore in Humboldt, Saskatchewan sweeping floors, emptying wastepaper baskets and washing windows. On his 50th birthday, he showed that he had a real sense of fun by taking part in the hula lessons arranged to mark the occasion, and did so with elan! When money was tight in 1999, he protected the budget to keep CNC’s intercollegiate athletics program going. More importantly, Dr. Weninger showed his respect for students’ achievements by re-instituting Convocation, standing throughout the ceremonies and personally shaking hands and congratulating each graduate.
During CNC’s 25th Anniversary celebrations in 1994, a time capsule was sealed to be opened in 2019. Dr. Weninger vows he will be around for the opening. “I just hope I can remember where we buried it.”
Looking back, he believes his term as President will be regarded as a period of stability. He leaves a legacy of optimism about the value of CNC to this region’s people and the economy.
Terry Weninger Scholarship Fund
In honour of his service to the College, the Terry Weninger Scholarship Fund has now been established. Proceeds from the fund will benefit future generations of CNC students. The College would like to thank all contributors for their generous support of the fund. Additional contributions are welcome! For more information please contact the .