BRANDON, Man. – Dr. Dennis Anderson, the longest-serving Brandon University (BU) President since BU received its charter in 1967, will be honoured this month.
The BU Board of Governors will confer the title of President Emeritus on Dr. Anderson at the University’s Spring Convocation on May 26. Dr. Anderson served as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University from 1990 to 2000.
“I’m honoured and delighted that the Board of Brandon University has chosen to award me the President Emeritus title at its Spring 2017 Convocation,” Dr. Anderson said. “It’s a warm feeling to be recognized for and reflect on service to my Alma Mater, BU.”
Dr. Anderson was raised on a farm near Libau, Man., and graduated from Brandon College with a Bachelor of Science in 1964 before entering Canada’s chemical industry. Dr. Anderson later went on to earn a Master of Business Administration from McMaster University and a PhD in Business (Marketing) from the University of Western Ontario. He credits the education he received in Brandon as a strong platform for his ensuing education and his career.
“Dr. Anderson is representative of the long-term connections that we value highly at Brandon University,” said Dr. Gervan Fearon, President and Vice-Chancellor of BU. “It is very inspiring that Dr. Anderson was able to return to Brandon University as President to make contributions that continue to benefit us today. We are proud of his previous achievements at the University, as well as his continued engagement with BU alumni members.”
During Dr. Anderson’s term as President, the “heart” of BU underwent a major renewal with an $11.3-million restoration and expansion of BU’s Original Building and Clark Hall, complete with a link to the George T. Richardson Centre and A.E. McKenzie Building complex.
The University also added new degree programs in Business Administration, Psychiatric Nursing, Rural Development, First Nations and Aboriginal Counselling and the first-of-its-kind Hutterian Education Program.
“I believe that each Presidential era has strengthened BU, and that tradition certainly continues under the leadership of Dr. Fearon,” Dr. Anderson said.
“I feel proud about a number of developments that occurred during my 10-year term, thanks to tremendous help from students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the BU Foundation and general community.”
The honorary title of President Emeritus is conferred by the Board of Governors upon a President and Vice-Chancellor who has served the University with distinction while in office. All former BU presidents and vice-chancellors who have served at least five years in the position are eligible for nomination.
Dr. Anderson becomes the fifth BU President to receive the President Emeritus distinction, joining Dr. John Mallea, Dr. John E. Robbins, Dr. Earl J. Tyler and Dr. Louis P. Visentin.