Lakehead University Welcomes Dean of Graduate Studies

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Lakehead University Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Philip Hicks

(Thunder Bay, Ontario – July 27, 2009) Lakehead University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Philip Hicks to the position of Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, effective July 1, 2009. Dr. Hicks arrives with a distinguished background as a faculty member, researcher, and administrative leader.

Dr. Hicks received two bachelors degrees (psychology, ‘73, from Carleton University and biology ’76, from Dalhousie University) prior to receiving his Ph.D in physiology from the University of British Columbia (’79). Two years’ research training as a post-doctoral fellow followed, first at Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (Goettingen) and later at Japan’s Gifu University Institute for Equilibrium Research.

From 1981 to 1989, Dr. Hicks was an Alberta Heritage Medical Research Scholar while serving as Assistant and Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Physiology at the University of Calgary. He joined the College of Arts and Science at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, in 1989 and was soon granted tenure as a faculty member in the Departments of Psychology and Biology. In 1996 he joined National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa as Senior Research Officer and Group Leader (Neural Plasticity and Regeneration) in the Institute for Biological Sciences, where he led a research group of 18-25 Ph.D.s while continuing his own research.

From 1999 to 2003, Dr. Hicks served the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo as Science and Technology Counsellor. In 2003 he was appointed President of Nova Scotia Agricultural College, where he was successful in increasing the international student body and post-graduate student population, as well as ensuring the addition of many new degree options at the diploma, Bachelor and Master levels. In August 2007 he moved to the United Arab Emirates as Director of Dubai Men’s College, a school of 1,850 students.

Dr. Hicks has served on the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Science and Technology, the International Strategy Advisory Committee of NSERC, and as a member of NSERC’s Research Capacity Development for Small Universities pilot project. He has been invited to serve on the editorial boards of several major international scientific research journals (e.g., Experimental Brain Research, Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, Acta Medica et Biologica), has held executive positions in various professional societies, and has referreed hundreds of papers and research grant applications at both national and international levels. He has edited four books, organized numerous scientific conferences, and secured substantial competitively obtained external research funding. Dr. Hicks is an elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Dr. Laurie Hayes, Vice President (Academic) and Provost, Lakehead University, said: "Dr. Hicks has brought his distinguished research career, significant administrative experience, and respected international credentials to Lakehead University.  I am delighted to welcome him to campus and am convinced that the Office of Graduate Studies, graduate programs, and graduate students will flourish under his leadership."

"I have received a very warm welcome and am extremely pleased to be a part of Lakehead University," says Dr. Hicks. "I'm very much looking forward to helping the University achieve its goals for growth and quality-enhancement for existing and future graduate programs."

Media: Please contact Dr. Hicks directly for interviews.  He can be reached at 807-766-7136 or


About Lakehead
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With a main campus located in Thunder Bay, Ontario and a campus in Orillia, Ontario, Lakehead has over 7,900 students and 2,250 faculty and staff, and is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. In 2006, Research Infosource Inc. named Lakehead University Canada's Research University of the Year in the undergraduate category. For more information on Lakehead University, visit

Last updated July 27, 2009

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