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Memo: Eddy Campbell confirmed as UNB’s next president

March 31, 2009

To: The University Community
From: David Stevenson, Chair, UNB Board of Governors and the Joint Nominating Committee for the Office of President
Date: March 31/09

I am pleased to report UNB has received the Order in Council confirming Eddy Campbell as our next president. The news release, below, will be issued shortly.

Dr. Campbell will officially begin his term at UNB in September; however, he will begin meeting with some members of the university community over the coming weeks and months to start the transition process.

I want to thank everyone who was involved in the selection process — committee members, and all of those who took part in meetings with Dr. Campbell and provided feedback. I know you will all make Dr. Campbell and his family feel welcome at UNB.


David Stevenson

[FYI: the story was broken in the St. John’s Telegram on March 24/09.]

Eddy Campbell confirmed as UNB’s next president

H. E. A. Eddy Campbell is now confirmed to be the next president and vice-chancellor of the University of New Brunswick.

“UNB has received the seal of approval from the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, marking the last step in the process to engage Dr. Campbell as UNB’s 18th president and vice-chancellor,” said David Stevenson, chair of UNB’s Board of Governors and the Joint Nominating Committee charged with searching for the university’s next president.

Dr. Campbell will take office Sept. 1, 2009.

“This is a win for New Brunswick,” said Premier Shawn Graham. “We welcome Dr. Campbell and his family to New Brunswick, and we look forward to the contribution he will make to UNB, the post-secondary education sector and the province as a whole.”

Dr. Campbell said he is both honored and excited to be joining the UNB community.

“These are challenging times for universities and other organizations around the world,” said Dr. Campbell. “But this is also a time of opportunity. Working with faculty, staff, students and the broader community, we will continue to advance UNB as a centre of excellence in teaching and research, and as a key contributor to our province, region and world.”

Dr. Campbell has been acting president and vice-chancellor at Memorial University of Newfoundland since Jan. 1, 2008. He was appointed vice-president (academic) there on May 1, 2004, following 21 years at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont.

A mathematician, Dr. Campbell holds two degrees from Memorial and a PhD from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Campbell will succeed John McLaughlin, who is completing his seventh year as president of UNB. Under Dr. McLaughlin’s leadership, UNB climbed five places in the Maclean’s ranking to become one of the top five comprehensive universities in Canada, doubled its intake of research funding to $50 million, and raised $107 million in its last capital campaign, the largest ever in the history of Atlantic Canada. Dr. McLaughlin also contributed to New Brunswick’s policy agenda by creating the Next NB project, 21 Leaders for the 21st Century and the New Brunswick Business Council.

Established in 1785, UNB is one of the oldest public universities in North America. One of the top five comprehensive universities in Canada, according to Maclean’s, UNB has more than 12,000 students from more than 100 countries. As the largest research institution in New Brunswick, UNB conducts 80 per cent of the province’s university research. The university has more than 3,500 faculty and staff, and an annual operating budget of more than $160 million. UNB’s two main campuses are located in Fredericton and Saint John, N.B.


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