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Lakehead's 6th President Takes the Helm

Dr. Brian J.R. Stevenson, President and Vice-Chancellor, Lakehead University, is already taking full charge in his first week.  Dr. Stevenson spent the week touring various areas of the campus, meeting with faculty, staff, and administration, and settling into his new position.

"This is a truly exciting time for me and my family as we join the Lakehead University community, as well as the communities of Thunder Bay and Orillia," says Dr. Stevenson.

As the 6th president and vice-chancellor of Lakehead University, Dr. Stevenson notes the significance of following a roster of illustrious and dedicated individuals known for their commitment to the sustainable progress of the institution. He too shares the priority of focusing on the ongoing development of the communities served by the University.

Dr. Stevenson notes that universities fill a profound need – not just to educate future generations for social and business leadership, but also to help foster economic development and environmental stewardship. "Institutions such as Lakehead serve as centres for our culture and art, as well as for social and political advancement."

The new president says he believes that institutions of higher learning are responsible for producing the next generation of leaders who will be the catalysts by which our nation can continue to progress. He makes special mention of the northwest and Lakehead's responsibility to advance the educational needs of both northern and Aboriginal communities, enabling all citizens to participate fully in innovation and diversification.

Dr. Stevenson is thankful to have the opportunity to serve Lakehead University, its people, and the broader communities from which the University draws its support, strength, and inspiration. He looks forward to working closely with various constituent groups in learning how Lakehead can continue to achieve its mission and goals.

"My family and I are thrilled to become immersed in the great communities of Thunder Bay and Orillia, and we thank all of you for welcoming us so warmly."

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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 7,700 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 August 06, 2010

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