Jan./Feb. 2010, Volume 27. No.1
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Arthur Mauro is Lakehead's New Chancellor

by Communications Staff
Arthur V. Mauro
Arthur V. Mauro
Arthur V. Mauro, a prominent Canadian lawyer and businessman, has accepted the position of Chancellor of Lakehead University. Dr. Mauro started a renewable three-year term on January 1, 2010. He succeeds Dr. Lorne Everett who served as Chancellor from 2000 to 2009.

The Chancellor's primary responsibilities include building bridges between the University and stakeholder groups as well as the broader publics - locally, nationally, and internationally; fostering the mission, vision, and values of Lakehead; and undertaking specific duties such as conferring degrees at Convocation, representing Lakehead University on special occasions, and participating in select initiatives to promote the University.

"Arthur Mauro is respected for his numerous career-and community-based accomplishments," says President Fred Gilbert.  "He has already demonstrated leadership in furthering Lakehead University's Advancement initiatives, and we are delighted that he will serve as our next Chancellor."

Dr. Mauro, OC, OM, was born on February 15, 1927, in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He studied law at the University of Manitoba and was called to the Bar of Manitoba in 1953. Until 1969 he practiced law, specializing in transportation and communication law. Dr. Mauro has had an illustrious career. In 1967, he was appointed Chairman of the Royal Commission on Northern Transportation, and in 1969 became a senior executive with Great Northern Capital Corporation. From 1972 to 1976, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Transair Limited, and joined the Investors Group in 1976 to become its President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman. From 1991-2000 he was Chancellor of the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Mauro has been an active supporter of the University of Manitoba since his student days.  In September 2001, Dr. Mauro made a major contribution to St. Paul's College at the University of Manitoba to establish the Centre for Peace and Justice.  In 1987, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada and was later promoted to Officer in 1992. He received an Honorary Doctor of Commerce degree from Lakehead University in 1997.  In 2004, he was awarded the Order of Manitoba.  At present, Dr. Mauro is Chair of the Winnipeg Airport Authority. 

"I will be pleased to serve as Lakehead's Chancellor and await the opportunity to contribute to institutional success over the next three years," said Dr. Mauro when the announcement was made on November 16, 2009.  "As a longstanding member of the Thunder Bay community, I am proud not only to support Lakehead in this capacity but also to represent its character and the excellence it embodies.

Dr. Gilbert acknowledges the years of service Dr. Everett dedicated to Lakehead, throughout which he performed his duties with enthusiasm, humor, and grace.  "Dr. Everett will be missed, but being a Thunder Bay son, it is hoped and expected that he will continue to take an active part in Lakehead functions as frequently as his busy schedule allows," says Dr. Gilbert.

The participation of Chancellor Electoral Board members was pivotal in conducting the search for a new Chancellor.  Dr. Gilbert adds, "The University Chancellor is an uniquely important role that requires a special individual with many talents to help bring the University's vision forward, and the Board has done an excellent job in selecting Dr. Mauro."
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