Peter Kent   2003 UNB President's Medal Recipient

Peter Kent came to UNB in 1965 to teach history, and since then he has done that with considerable skill and innovation. Over his almost forty years of service, he has introduced more than a dozen history courses, taught and assisted with many others, and has supervised numerous graduate student theses.

Peter has been the Don of Mackenzie House, Executive Assistant to Dr. Colin B. Mackay, Dean of Men's Residences, Chair of the History Department, Director of Graduate Studies, and Dean of Arts. He has served on the Board of Governors, the Senate, the Board of Dons, and the various committees and sub-committees which these bodies spawn. He was also the Founding President of the Canadian Conference of Deans of Arts, Humanities and Social Science, and he served on the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission, and a number of Commission committees.

Peter has also been particularly active in the life of his wider community, both scholarly and civil. He has been involved with the Venturers, the 1st St. Margaret's Scout Troop, Christ Church Cathedral, Big Brothers of Fredericton, the Diocese of Fredericton and the UNB Alumni Council.

Peter's contribution to the academic and cultural life of this institution has been nothing short of significant. He has given nearly forty years to the University of New Brunswick and I can think of no one more fitting for the award of President's Medal.

Presented by Marc Milner Chairperson, Department of History
February 7, 2003