Dr. Moira McPherson
September 22, 2018 – Thunder Bay, ON
Chancellor Lyn McLeod officially bestowed the title and responsibilities of President & Vice-Chancellor on Dr. Moira McPherson at a special ceremony in the Hangar on Saturday, Sept. 22.
For McPherson, the installation was the result of years of dedication to Lakehead University.
“I have lived, loved and breathed Lakehead in my academic and leadership career here for all those years,” she said in her speech.
“I am passionate about the strengths that Lakehead offers as a comprehensive Canadian university, as well as a vital member of the economic, social and cultural communities that we support – and that support us.”
McPherson said the university’s mission is provide an education that is about how to think, not what to think, which is increasingly relevant in today’s society.
“An overarching theme of Lakehead’s Strategic Plan is to embrace our role in creating future leaders and continuing to engage with the communities that surround our campuses. We will achieve this by continuing to prioritize high-calibre research and learning, and by building strong local, global and Indigenous partnerships that champion equity and access.”
David Tamblyn, Chair of Lakehead University’s Board of Governors, said Lakehead is entering an exciting new chapter.
“Dr. McPherson’s long standing commitment to Lakehead University and her understanding of the challenges postsecondary institutions are faced with will enable her to provide the type of visionary leadership we require,” Tamblyn said.
Also on Saturday, McLeod presented Canadian broadcaster Ron MacLean with an honorary degree for his work on the CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, the Olympics, and at other sports events.
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Lakehead University has approximately 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 2018 University Rankings place Lakehead University among Canada's Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, as well as first in Total Research Dollars, second for Citations, and third for Scholarships and Bursaries. In 2017, Research Infosource named Lakehead Research University of the Year in its category for the third consecutive year. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.