David Tamblyn will become the new chair of Lakehead University’s Board of Governors in October 2016.
April 21, 2016 – Thunder Bay, ON
Lakehead University’s Board of Governors has appointed current Vice-Chair David Tamblyn as its next Chair. Tamblyn, who has served as the Board’s Vice-Chair since October 2014, will assume the position of Chair following the Board’s Annual General Meeting in October 2016.
“I feel privileged to be named the next Chair of Lakehead’s exceptional Board of Governors and to continue the legacy started by my father,” said Tamblyn, whose father, William Tamblyn, was the University’s first President & Vice-Chancellor.
“Lakehead has played a fundamental role in the success of Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario for over fifty years,” Tamblyn added. “I look forward to continuing to work with this Board to maintain the university’s responsibility to the success of its students, and to the prosperity of our region.”
Current Board of Governors Chair Murray Walberg said he’s confident Tamblyn will help further the Board’s strategic goals.
“I am delighted that David has accepted to take on this role at the end of my term, this October,” Walberg explained. “His leadership experience in education, as well as his familiarity and devotion to Northwestern Ontario, will be an asset to our university.”
Walberg’s role as Chair of Lakehead’s Board of Governors, which began in October 2014, will continue through to the end of the Board’s Annual General Meeting in October 2016.
David Tamblyn has held several leadership roles in school board administration over the course of his career, including his current position as the Director of Education with the Superior-Greenstone District School Board.
In this capacity he has gained extensive experience in labour relations, board governance, and financial accountability.
David is the Chair of the Northern Ontario Education Leaders (NOEL) and serves on the executive of the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE).
Born and raised in Thunder Bay, David has a long affiliation with Lakehead University — as the son of its first president, an alumni of Lakehead, and more recently as a member of its Board of Governors.
David has an Honours Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education degree from Lakehead University, and a Master of Education (Education Leadership) from Charles Sturt University.
David has been involved in regional communities as a member of several boards, including the North Shore Economic Revitalization and Community Development Committee, and as chair of the Area in Recovery Plan for Jackfish Bay.
David and his family have called Rossport their home for more than 25 years. He and his wife Ruth live in the north shore village with their two grown children, Mitch and Carly.
For more information about Lakehead University’s Board of Governors, please visit www.lakeheadu.ca/about/sg/secretariat/board-governors.
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Lakehead University has about 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.
Maclean’s 2016 University Rankings place Lakehead University second in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and first among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2015, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities.