Brian Stevenson stepping down as Lakehead President in December 2017

Photo of Dr. Brian Stevenson

April 28, 2017 – Thunder Bay, ON

After seven and a half exceptional years as Lakehead University’s President & Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Brian Stevenson has announced that he will step down on December 31, 2017.

Dr. Stevenson informed Lakehead’s Board of Governors at its monthly meeting, Thursday, before sharing the news in a letter to the University community, Friday morning.

Lakehead University Board of Governors Chair David Tamblyn accepted Dr. Stevenson’s decision with regret, adding that it is an opportunity to celebrate what the president has achieved over the course of his terms.

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

Dr. Brian Stevenson was appointed Lakehead University’s sixth President & Vice-Chancellor on August 1, 2010, and was renewed for a second five-year term in 2015. Previously, he served as Provost & Vice-President Academic at the University of Winnipeg, as well as Vice-Provost & Associate Vice-President at the University of Alberta.

An announcement regarding the search process for Dr. Stevenson’s successor will be forthcoming.

Achievement's during Dr. Stevenson's Presidency

Letter from President Stevenson

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