Farewell, Mr. President

(Logan Praznik/The Quill)

Over the summer, the President of Brandon University resigned from his position in order to accept a new career path at Brock University in Southern Ontario. Dr. Gervan Fearon has been with BU for the past four years and served the last three years as President and Vice Chancellor taking an active role within the community and on campus. Dr. Fearon will be sorrowfully missed, as it was his leadership and guidance that pushed Brandon University to take steps in an updated BU Academic Plan and BU Campus Master Plan. Dr. Fearon was also a strong advocate of new positions on topics such as Sexualized Violence Prevention and Diversity and Human Rights, which were slacking within Brandon’s administration prior.

It is no wonder Dr. Fearon is a highly sought after leader throughout the post-secondary educational field. Dr. Fearon received his Ph.D in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, served several years in the Ontario government as a senior analyst in the Ministry of Finance, and was the executive assistant to the Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Dr. Fearon has spent numerous years in senior leadership positions throughout Canadian universities and will be a great leader out at Brock University.

Brock University’s Board Chair, Dr. Suk believes that the community will be well served by the incoming president. “Dr. Fearon brings excellent qualifications experience and strong leadership to Brock at an important time in its development,” commented Suk. President Fearon is well known for his leadership and development of community ties, being shown in his work with the Brandon Urban Aboriginal Peoples’ Council, Assiniboine Community College and his involvement with the International Activities.

Fearon said this about his upcoming opportunity, “I am passionate about the role of post-secondary education in supporting regional growth and development, and I look forward to working with the team at Brock and across the Niagara region on advancing these opportunities.”

Best of luck out in Ontario, Dr. Fearon, and know that we will always appreciate your actions and the hard work you put in to make BU a more inclusive and productive environment!