Dwight Ball  2015 Distinguished Service Award

Dr. David Burns, Vice President Research, is pleased to nominate Dwight Ball for the President’s Medals and Distinguished Service Award.  This award is to recognize those who have provided outstanding service to the university over their career. 

Dwight has a long association with UNB.  He first came to UNB as a student, receiving his BSc. and MSc in Geology.  After a brief stint with the provincial government, he founded his own company, Three-D GeoConsultants Ltd.  His business experience dealing with both industry and government led him to UNB’s Centre for Research and Development Services (CRDS), the precursor to the Office of Research Services (ORS) in the mid 90’s.

Dwight became the Acting Director of CRDS in 2001.  In 2003, he officially became the Executive Director of ORS.  Dwight is a familiar face to many at UNB, having chaired various committees as well as serving as the Vice-President (Research) representative on several others.  Under Dwight’s directorship, research revenues steadily increased.  His leadership enabled ORS to broaden the services it offers to the research community. 

In 2006, Dwight was recognized as Fredericton’s First Annual Business Ambassador of the Year, given in recognition of those who influence the establishment of businesses in Fredericton. Any time Dwight traveled for business or leisure, he promoted UNB and Fredericton by giving out business kits, CD’s and literature about doing business in New Brunswick.  Dwight also has strong ties to his community through his service work with the Kiwanis and the New Brunswick Highland Games.

Dwight’s sound judgment and diplomatic manner helped bring together divergent ideas and merge them to promote and strengthen research activities at UNB.    Dwight’s ability to build and maintain relationships resulted in many long term research partnerships and alliances that continue to flourish at UNB.

Dwight’s dedication to UNB’s research enterprise is well recognized and he will be sorely missed. 

ready by Kelly Ashfield
Office of Research Services
April 13, 2015