Lakehead appoints new provost

Dr. David Barnett begins his new role as Lakehead University’s provost and vice-president (Academic), effective immediately.

The role is the top academic position at Lakehead, with responsibilities as chief operating 0fficer and chief academic officer for the university.

Dr. Barnett joined Lakehead in July 2012 as dean of the university’s Faculty of Engineering, and has held the roles of acting, and then interim, provost & vice-president (Academic) since January 2018.

“Dr. Barnett’s work as our Dean of Engineering and in the Provost’s Office has been exemplary,” said Dr. McPherson. “He is a collaborative and personable scholar and professional whose commitment to our faculty and students is evident in everything he does.

“It will be a pleasure continuing to work with David who brings an energy and philosophy of learning and the creation of new knowledge that advances Lakehead University’s vision for the future,” added Dr. McPherson. “Importantly, he shares our strategic commitment to Reconciliation, equity, diversity and inclusion, as well as Universities Canada’s Principles on Indigenous Education.”

Dr. Barnett explained that Lakehead University’s commitment to providing access and support to students facing barriers to higher education has always resonated with him, adding, “We provide a truly transformative experience through innovative teaching and research, through a comprehensive offering of outstanding programs, and with a clear focus on student success.


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