The Brandon University (BU) Board of Governors has selected Dr. Steven Robinson to serve as Interim President, following the announced departure of current President Dr. Gervan Fearon.
The appointment was confirmed today by the Board of Governors.
“Brandon University will be in excellent hands with the leadership and vision that Dr. Robinson brings to the office,” said Board of Governors Chair Derrick Stewart. “He has been deeply involved with the University’s ongoing initiatives, including our Campus Master Plan and downtown initiative, and will energetically keep our momentum going forward.”
Dr. Robinson will commence his duties on Aug. 1, 2017.
Since 2015, Dr. Robinson has served in the role of Vice-President (Academic & Provost). Dr. Robinson has also served as Acting President during times the President was away or unavailable.
As Vice-President, Dr. Robinson led many of the University’s community-engagement and enrolment growth strategies, including offering first-year university courses in Dauphin.
“This is an exciting time for Brandon University and I look forward to a productive term leading our continued growth,” Dr. Robinson said. “Thank-you to the Board of Governors for their direction and support.”
This appointment as Interim President continues Dr. Robinson’s long history of service to BU. After lecturing at both the University of Regina and the University of Guelph, Dr. Robinson joined the BU Department of Philosophy in 1996. He was promoted to Associate Professor and served three terms as Chair of the Philosophy Department.
Dr. Robinson has taught widely in his field, ranging from subjects like logic and ethics to ancient philosophy, metaphysics, and democracy. His research and publications pertain to the philosophy of Plato, the evolution of ethics, and phenomenology.
In administration, Dr. Robinson served two brief stints each as the Associate Dean of Arts and Acting Dean of Arts. He also served on the BU Senate and the BU Board of Governors, as well as five years as one of the University’s Conflict Resolution Advisors. He was appointed Acting Vice President (Academic & Provost) in 2015, and confirmed in the role permanently in 2016.
Brandon University’s continued growth in research success, student enrolment, enhancement of academic programs and services, and engagement with the community will benefit from the support and continued commitment to be led by Dr. Robinson during this period.