At a special ceremony on Sept. 22 at Thunder Bay, Dr. Moira McPherson became president and vice-chancellor of Lakehead University. For McPherson, it was the culmination of years of dedication to the educational institution.

“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 to 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,” she said. “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, university board of governors chair, says Lakehead is entering an exciting new chapter.

“Dr. McPherson’s long-standing commitment to Lakehead University and her understanding of the challenges post-secondary institutions are faced with will enable her to provide the type of visionary leadership we require,” he said.

Also at the ceremony, Canadian broadcaster Ron MacLean was presented with an honorary degree for his work on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, the Olympics and other sports events.

Photo: Dr. Moira McPherson and Dr. Ron MacLean were all smiles after the special ceremony.