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Lakehead president stepping down

Brian Stevenson’s seven-year tenure ends Dec. 31
Brian Stevenson - president

After seven-and-a-half years, Lakehead University president and vice-chancellor Brian Stevenson announced he is resigning.

His last day on the Thunder Bay campus is Dec. 31.

Lakehead’s board of governors was notified of his decision at its monthly meeting on April 27.

In an April 28 news release, chair David Tamblyn accepted Stevenson’s decision with regrets and praised him a string of accomplishments during his tenure including the establishments of a law school, centres of excellence in entrepreneurship and innovation, and sustainable mining and exploration.

Lakehead is regarded as one of the top research universities and has Top 10 status with many national publications.

“From the moment Dr. Stevenson was appointed Lakehead’s president, his vision and leadership have only served to enhance and improve the quality of our University,” said Tamblyn.

“On behalf of the board of governors and the Lakehead University community, I profoundly thank Dr. Stevenson for his years of dedication and service,” he added.

“Our appreciation of all he has done for us runs deep, and we wish him and his family the best, going forward.”

Stevenson was appointed to the job on Aug. 1, 2010, and was renewed for a second five-year term in 2015.

He previously served as provost and vice-president academic at the University of Winnipeg, and held a similar position at the University of Alberta.

An announcement regarding the search process for his successor is forthcoming.