August 24th, 2019

Mahon gets third term from U of L

By Mabell, Dave on April 24, 2019.

Dave Mabell

Lethbridge Herald

President and vice-chancellor Mike Mahon will serve a third term leading the University of Lethbridge.

The university’s board of governors has announced his reappointment for term ending in July 2023.

Originally from Winnipeg, Mahon served 10 years at the University of Alberta before being appointed to his first five-year U of L term in 2010. With his current appointment ending in June 2020, he asked for a shorter final term.

“I am very grateful for this reappointment and extend my appreciation to the board and members of the search and review committee for their service,” Mahon says.

“As I shared with members of our university community earlier, my motivation in seeking a third term is to complete a number of very important projects underway at the university and see the path forward secured for others.”

Mahon is the sixth president and vice-chancellor of the university. During his tenure, he introduced the U of L’s first academic plan and strategic research plan, followed closely by plans for “Destination 2020.” Its key component was funding and construction of the new Science and Academic Building, a $280-million science teaching and research facility due to open in September – promising to be the most advanced science teaching and research centre of its kind in the country.

It’s also the largest project since completion of the original University Hall in 1972.

“My passion for the university is strong and I feel that there is much more to be done,” he says.

“I have the same energy and enthusiasm as I did when I first started as president, and I look forward to contributing to our university as it continues to evolve as one of Alberta’s comprehensive academic research universities, an emerging leader in our country and globally.”

During his years here, Mahon has maintained a commitment to strengthening the U of L’s place as a comprehensive, destination university. Strategic initiatives have included building new residence spaces, creation of a formal working partnership with Volunteer Lethbridge, the appointment of Dr. Leroy Little Bear as a senior adviser on Indigenous issues, and rededication to the university’s founding philosophy through the creation of the School of Liberal Education.

He has also supported revitalization of business and finance education programs through their transformation in the Dhillon School of Business, and has put a focus on expanding the U of L’s global footprint.

“On behalf of the board of governors, I want to extend my congratulations to Mike on his reappointment,” says board chair Kurt Schlachter.

“Mike has led the university through a period of unprecedented growth and has secured the place of the University of Lethbridge as Alberta’s Destination University.

“There are a number of extraordinary initiatives currently underway that are significantly aided through strong, consistent leadership,” he observes.

They include action to enhance equity, diversity and inclusion on the Lethbridge and Calgary campuses, he says, and moving forward with the university’s commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation process.

Schlachter says Mahon also helped lead efforts toward the successful completion of “SHINE: The Campaign for the University of Lethbridge” including a private-sector fundraising goal for the Destination Project.

Mahon holds a PhD in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

His research is in the field of disability studies, including work related to decision making and self-determination for individuals with intellectual disabilities. He’s also studied the role of play in child and community development, in developing nations.

Mahon currently serves as chair of the board of directors for Universities Canada, and is a past board chair of USports.

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