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President's Medals, Distinguished Service Awards and Research Scholar Awards honour current employees of the University of New Brunswick, or those who have retired within one calendar year preceding the call for nominations.

President's Medals, Distinguished Service Awards and Research Scholar Awards are awarded for outstanding service to the university which may include teaching, research, administrative contributions, or any combination thereof. 

History of awards

The President’s Awards were established by the University of New Brunswick Senates and Board of Governors in 2000. A maximum of three President’s Medals, ten Distinguished Services Awards, two University Research Scholar Awards and three University Teaching Awards are given in any academic year.

President's Medal

This award is the highest honor the university community can bestow.  The President’s medal is awarded to an individual who has had a significant impact on the University of New Brunswick and its community.  The recipient of this award has an exemplary record of sustained service and acknowledged contribution to the quality of life at the University of New Brunswick. The candidate's career should be distinguished by a dedication to the fulfillment of the University’s Strategic Vision, and must reflect the core values of the University.  This prestigious award is open to current members of the faculty and staff, or those who have retired within one calendar year preceding the call for nominations.

Distinguished Service Awards

The President’s Distinguished Service Awards recognize exceptional performance, leadership and service by faculty or staff for outstanding service to the university which may include teaching, research, administrative contributions, or any combination thereof.  The recipients have provided exemplary service to the university, over a sustained period of time, over and above the normal requirements of their positions.  Distinguished service awards are open to current members of the faculty and support staff, or those who have retired within one calendar year preceding the call for nominations.

Nomination Rules and Process    Criteria

University Teaching Scholars

The University Teaching Scholar Award recognizes University of New Brunswick teachers who have demonstrated a consistently high level of teaching excellence and teaching-related activities. Detailed information on process and criteria for the University Research Scholar Awards can be found here:

University Research Scholars

The University Research Scholar is awarded to researchers who have demonstrated a consistently high level of scholarship and whose research is, or has the potential to be, of international stature.  Detailed information on process and criteria for the University Research Scholar Awards can be found here:

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Award recipients

Dr. Bruce Broster is a professional geoscientist and professor at the University of New Brunswick’s Fredericton campus. Dr. Broster graduated with a bachelor of science in earth sciences from the University of Waterloo and received his PhD from the University of Western Ontario. His academic career led him to UNB where he is now a professor in forestry and geology. At UNB, he is highly recognized for his contributions to the faculty of science, excellence in teaching, program management, extensive supervision and program development including the bachelor of medical laboratories program.

His outstanding service and commitment to UNB spans over several years. He has filled various roles at the University including acting associate dean and acting dean of graduate studies, director of the geological engineering program, chair of department of earth sciences, a member of the UNB Fredericton senate and contributes to the Association of University of New Brunswick Teachers.

Dr. Broster has served on numerous science committees both provincially and nationally representing geosciences. He is actively involved with the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists NB (APEGNB) and is currently vice-chair to the board of directors of the APEGNB foundation for education, as well as a member of APEGNB admissions board and examinations committee, and for the past ten years he has been the Earth Ring Society’s warden for New Brunswick. Dr. Broster was once president of Geoscientists Canada, on their board of directors, as well as its national science and professional committee.

Dr. Broster is active in mentoring and continues to supervise many students in the fields of glacial geology, surficial geology, environmental geology and geological engineering. Throughout his career, he has mentored twenty graduate students who now work in consulting, government, teaching fields or they are furthering their studies. Dr. Broster’s best known contributions to UNB are his engaging classes, hands on applied teaching, including UNB’s popular first year bioarcheology field school.

Cory Brown has a long and deep connection to the University of New Brunswick, and to the Saint John campus in particular.

As a student at UNB Saint John, he served in the Student Representative Executive, was a varsity athlete on the Men’s Volleyball Team, and a student connected to others. His deep sense of place and community lead him to join the Recruitment Office, where he eventually rose to the rank of Manager of Canadian Recruitment.

After a successful time of leading efforts to attract students to the place that he loved so much, he decided to serve the campus in yet another way by taking on the larger role of overseeing the residence community of close to 300 students, and overseeing Conference Services, and Food Services.

Since Cory’s time as the leader of our Residence and Conference Services there have been many significant changes that benefit the overall campus. Many of these are due to the long term vision, and the positive and responsive short term actions, of Cory and his leadership team.

Residence has enjoyed 100% occupancy almost continually for five years. Most notably that occupancy is largely driven by the demand of returning students who seek to remain within the residences due to their positive experience. This is a significant contribution to retention and campus enrolment and somewhat unique within residence systems within Atlantic Canada.

Residents have had consistently high satisfaction ratings (over 85 % consistently) on programming, community life, and service, and this is seen in the high demand among returning students as well as the high demand among first year students as they hear about the positive experience they can have. The community is a positive one with healthy relationships and safety as key priorities.

As demand has exceeded capacity consistently, Cory has thoughtfully worked to create additional student spaces and rooms within the existing structures. Also forecasting demand, Cory has been the consistent driving force for many years, and the primary author of the business model needed, to build our third residence which opens for students in 2021. This will allow over 100 new students to join the residence community and to experience the uniqueness of the Saint John campus. Were it not for the exceptional student life and community building residence demand, this project would not be a reality.

As part of his significant portfolio Cory also has developed Food Services, ensuring continual development of space, variety, menu, and keeping student needs and interests top of mind. Along with the current three food service locations on campus, Cory was instrumental in conceiving and developing the first restaurant for our campus, which will open in 2021 in the Condon Student Centre, and feature a state-of-the-art pizza oven and layout to provide campus with a gathering place that encourages relationships, gathering on campus, and enhances both student and employee experience.

While much could be said for his long list of contributions, and his leadership over the past several years, Cory’s true self and love for the students of Saint John have been best seen during the COVID-19 pandemic. This challenge has changed the nature of student life in untold ways, and it has highlighted not only the professional expertise, but empathy towards our students, for which Cory is known.

Since March of 2020 Cory has been critical to the success of the campus's COVID-19 response. As a leader at the forefront with one of our most vulnerable populations, Cory has proven his experience, insight, wisdom, professionalism, and humanity to be precisely what is needed in a time when residents, and residence systems, are most vulnerable.

Cory has been critical to leading the residence response. This includes drafting COVID safe occupancy plans, drafting numerous operational plans to ensure community is built in the safest way possible, overseeing the well-being of over 170 students while planning for many more, coordinating self-isolation with our Student Health Centre, arranging for in-person counseling services within the residence, working with external food service providers to ensure continued and meaningful access to meals, being a sensible voice on numerous committees, and working almost daily with our Regional Medical Officer of Health to ensure a pro-active and student cantered response to all things. In addition to this high level planning and connectivity, Cory to the day to day of hand delivering meals and assisting with COVID-19 testing, Cory has proven the true definition of servant leadership and proven his service to our campus.

Not only does this award honour Cory Brown, but we note that his service continually honours our campus and students and we are fortunate to have opportunity to recognize his deep ties to the well being of the students of the University of New Brunswick.

Throughout her 37 years at the University of New Brunswick, Ruth Buckingham has embodied the phrase “distinguished service”. Since beginning work at UNB in 1982, she has made significant, ongoing and often unheralded contributions to this institution.

Ruth began to work for UNB, while still a student, in February of 1982 as a part-time accounting clerk in the Accounting Department. Since then, she has held positions in the Office of the Comptroller, in Financial Services, in Resource Planning and Budgeting (RPB) before arriving in 2009 in Residence Life, Campus and Conference Services (RLCCS) as its Director (Finance and Operations).

In her six years with RLCCS, Ruth provided the division with the financial, accounting and budgeting know how to completely transform itself, helping to create the infrastructure that permitted RLCCS to expand its sphere of influence significantly.

Throughout the 2015 merger of Student Affairs and Services with RLCCS, Ruth was integral to the transition process, serving as the primary contact with RBP and Human Resources. She was the point person for coordinating the operating and ancillary budgets of the two units. She managed all of the changes required from the budgeting/accounting perspective, from larger human-resource issues to the smallest details of such things as updating the telephone listings. Ruth did all this, knowing that the result would be a significant increase in her responsibilities and numerous additional staff to support with little additional compensation.

Since the merger in 2015, Ruth has calmly dealt with almost continuous change and instability in Student Services, acting as a stable pillar upon which an acting Assistant Vice-President (Student Services) (AVP SS), then a new AVP SS, then a returning acting AVP SS and finally a renewed AVP SS could work to build the division. She has provided strength and stability to Student Services as it dealt with the departure of one of her fellow senior directors, the stepping down of another, the secondment of a third to central administration, the parental leave of a fourth, the transfer of a fifth to another portfolio, all in the last three years.

Even as all of that chaos was swirling around her, Ruth expertly shepherded Residence through a complete restructuring of its Residence Life group in 2016-17 and a remarkably complex, significantly important $70+ million Residence Capital Renewal process, which will be ongoing for many years.

No detail is too small for Ruth’s attention and no challenge is too great for her to help UNB and its Student Services division to overcome. She is admired, respected and trusted throughout Student Services and across the University. She is smart, patient, hard-working and funny. No matter how great the challenge, how stressful the situation, Ruth’s basic goodness and good-humour always shine through. She is well deserving of a Distinguished Service Award from UNB.

Jeffrey Carter, Manager of Libraries Systems, has provided exceptional service to UNB for over twenty years, to the great benefit of our students and researchers. Having Jeff at the helm of Libraries Systems has been key to our success during the pandemic in providing seamless and proactive access to library resources, online research support, and an elegant online booking system for student study space on both campuses. The online integrated library systems that Jeff and his team develop and support are essential to operations, with functionality that is relied upon every day wherever UNB students and researchers find themselves.

Jeff joined the Libraries as a web developer as the digital shift was in full swing. He arrived from Nunavut after serving as Coordinator of Computing Services at Nunavut Arctic College. His IT and teaching experience was complemented by his profound respect for student users of technology. Jeff’s approach to the development and implementation of technology was just what we needed then, and is just what we need now.

Jeff has been tireless in working to improve the experience of student and faculty researchers with electronic resources and the web. He has conducted countless usability tests, interviews and focus groups with students, has implemented findings and shared results from these efforts within UNB Libraries and across Canada. Jeff is widely known as an outspoken advocate for web accessibility, and has often been sought out for his accessibility expertise.

Jeff has been critical to accomplishments of library and faculty colleagues, and has played a key role in the furthering of digital scholarship at UNB. His leadership has been critical in the successful design and development of web sites and databases for multiple SHHRC-funded partnerships between UNB Libraries and faculty across disciplines, including Dr. Edith Snook's Early Modern Maritime Recipes, Dr. Chantal Richard's Vocabularies of Identity, and Dr. Elizabeth Mancke's British North American Legislative Database. Highlighting the Libraries' own collections, Jeff and his team have designed our online NB Historical Newspapers collection, and UNB Archives' "Pomp and Circumstance" database. Jeff has provided key development support for the Passamaquoddy-Maliseet Language Portal, a twenty thousand-entry online dictionary integrated with media archives.

Jeff has led his team in creating innovative online services. An excellent example is UNB Libraries Subject Guides. The Libraries' electronic reserves system, closely integrated with our electronic resources and Copyright Office, was developed by Jeff and the Systems Group, and has been a critical part of the university's response to the evolving copyright landscape and to ensuring continued access to essential library resources for teaching, learning, and research in the midst of the pandemic. Both projects are embedded in every instance of UNB’s courses on D2L.

Jeff’s role in the successful transition to a bi-campus model for UNB Libraries is particularly important. He has long ensured that library systems based in Fredericton supported Saint John campus library operations. A significant precursor to an integrated bi-campus library system was the development of a single and highly functional bi-campus web presence. Jeff’s “can do” attitude as technical lead the way to a well-executed and well-received outcome.

Jeff is an excellent example of what dedicated service to our students and researchers is all about. He inspires his team and all of us within the libraries us to think in expansive terms of how to build on our strengths to further our collective goals of enhancing learning and research at UNB.

Shelley Clayton is committed to caring, giving and advocating for people most in need. She has been tireless in her efforts and focused on her course to make a difference. What impresses me most about Shelley is not only her commitment to service excellence and to the needs of students but also her keen insight coupled with a wicked sense of humour.

Shelley has been extensively involved in the fields of Student Services and Student Financial Assistance at UNB, across the Atlantic region and on the national scene. Shelley has served as the UNB or regional representative on the Canadian Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CASFAA), Atlantic Association of College and University Student Services (AACUSS) and Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS) Boards, and has participated in and, in many cases, led numerous initiatives resulting in positive changes to Student Financial Aid, helping to increase access to Post-Secondary Education.

In her role as President of CASFAA and President of Learning Disabilities of New Brunswick (LDANB), Shelley prepared a series of reports on access to PSE for low-income, rural youth, Indigenous, and students with permanent disabilities to the Standing Committee on Finance (FINA). Shelley has been selected by the House of Commons FINA Committee to present four times on access and funding supports for vulnerable and underrepresented populations.

She has successfully lobbied with stakeholders across Canada to increase grants/supports for all students paying particular attention to students in the lowest income range. She has lobbied for up-dating federal archaic systems and structures to the benefit of students.

Among her remarkable accomplishments at the University of New Brunswick are the following:

  • Shelley was instrumental in the development of numerous important student-supportive initiatives at UNB F, including the framework for a Canadian Financial Aid Module, Career Fairs, the Work-Study Program, the Sobeys Gift Card Program, the Graduate Bursary Program, the Dr. Florence T. Snodgrass Bursary Program, the Great Computer Give-Away Program, Great Bike Give Away Program, the Student Accessibility Centre, the UNB Summer Employment Program.
  • Shelley has authored or co-authored numerous influential and important reports and financial aid resources, including Centre for Excellence (2002 – 2005), Mentoring Students with Permanent Disabilities, The Student Financial Aid Landscape for Graduate Students with Disabilities, Bursary and Retention: Is there a Correlation? the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC), Credit and Debt website section for youth/Post-Secondary Education (PSE) students;
  • Upon arrival at UNB, Shelley certified the university and its American students as eligible recipients of numerous U.S.-based financial aid, scholarship and bursary programs;
  • As Co-Chair of the UNB Fredericton United Way Campaign (2012-2019), Shelley helped to run seven very successful campaigns ultimately placing UNB Fredericton as one of the top 4 Work Place Campaigns in Central New Brunswick;
  • From 2005 -2020, Shelley led efforts to increase bursary funding for full-time students, working with partners to develop more than 65 new funding sources and to increase the percentage of full-time students receiving funding from 2% in 2005 to 45.3% in 2020;
  • A recognised and respected national expert on Student Financial Aid, Shelley has carried the Red and Black with pride to national conferences and in the local, regional and national media;Shell
  • For her work, Shelley has received significant public recognition and numerous awards

Dr. Dombrowski came to UNB in 2018 with a highly successful career at the University of Stirling, UK. Imagine leaving the beautiful UK for all this snow.

Dr. Dombrowski is an expert in the development, testing and application of behavior change theory and interventions for health. His research program to date has received awards from the European Health Psychology Society, the British Psychological Society and the UK Society of Behavioural Medicine. He is particularly interested in aspects concerning maintenance of behavior change, and the use of evidence-based behavior change techniques for long-term change. He is the Associate Editor for Applied Psychology: Health and Wellbeing and the British Journal of Health Psychology.

Dr. Dombrowski came to UNB having had substantial success in acquiring external funding to support his research, including large international team grants. He has obtained funding from all major UK and Scottish governmental funding bodies, including the UK National Institute for Health Research and the Chief Scientist Office Scotland. Since arriving at UNB in 2018, he has been part of successful funding bids to NBHRF and CIHR. Management of these larger grants is associated with international collaborations which increases the scope and impact of the research findings as well as providing a strong network for students involved with the projects. To date, Dr. Dombrowski has supervised 72 undergraduate and graduate research students, and has supervised two PhD students to completion, with another four currently ongoing.

He has five papers with over 100 citations each, recorded within Scopus, including his seminal work on a refined taxonomy of behavior change techniques, and his systematic review on long-term maintenance of weight loss interventions, published in the British Medical Journal.

This URS will assist Dr. Dombrowski in transitioning his research programs to the Canadian context by solidifying collaborations within UNB and with other Canadian scholars. Dr. Dombrowski has two main themes for his proposed research related: the first builds on his recent review in The Lancet highlighting the urgent need for behavior change interventions during the preconception period to prevent the origins of disease and inequality, the second addressed gender sensitized approaches to weight management, a major health concern in North American. Both have the potential for significant societal impact.

He will undoubtedly be a major figure internationally in Health Psychology.

In closing, I would like to share with you a quote from one of his colleagues, “You are very fortunate to have him and if I were you, I would do all I could to keep him!”.

Andrew Feicht has been a staff member at UNB for sixteen years. Andrew is professional engineer, and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick. During his years at UNB Andrew has held a variety of roles including lab/project manager, stipendary instructor, research engineer and his current role as the Manager of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) on the Fredericton campus which he began in 2013.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Andrew has played an essential role in the University’s pandemic response. Under Andrew’s leadership EHS assisted in the centralized procurement and distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE), and organized UNB’s efforts to assist our federal and provincial governments by coordinating requests to purchase from UNB excess supplies such as N95 masks and gloves for use in health care settings. He has worked tirelessly, patiently and creatively (relying on his years of building relationships across the Fredericton campus to enlist the assistance of faculty and staff to streamline this process) to help units on the Fredericton campus build operational plans and understand how to apply public health guidelines to the many and varied areas of the University’s operations.

In addition to the added tasks Andrew has taken on, the principal duties of EHS continued to require daily attention. From consulting on hazardous materials, organizing hazardous waste disposal, accident review, employee safety training, radiation safety, fire and safety inspections, and laboratory safety EHS works with municipal, local, and provincial safety officials as well as federal regulators creating a proactive safety culture at UNB.

Outside UNB Andrew enjoys outdoor pursuits; particularly attending to his many gardens, spending time outdoors with his family, fishing, and is accomplished at tying fishing lures.

Andrew embodies the message that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”, and that when we work together, we can accomplish remarkable things.

Cindy M. Flann began working at UNB in August of 2001 as Director of Financial Services & Assistant Comptroller. After 19 years of service, she is now retiring to start a new chapter of life and will now get to play golf for a living.

Immediately upon starting her role, Cindy readily identified efficiencies that are still in place to this day – Colleague billing tables that invoice student’s tuition and fees by term. Taking a process that had been very manual and created automated alpha AR Codes to readily identify coding on various receivables. Building in this automated process properly captures and collects accurate revenue for UNB.

Cindy always supports her team in identifying and implementing process improvements. When handed a task, she and her team would achieve it on or ahead of imposed deadlines whenever possible. She shares these successes with her teams and gives the credit to those that put in the time and effort. The trait of a true leader.

Over the years, she has been instrumental in developing financial policies such as Expenditure Guidelines, Travel, Travel Advance, Employee/Independent Contractor and Procurement Card Policy, to name a few. Always providing clarity to faculty and staff as to why policies were important and ensuring that the university was compliant with Canada Revenue Agency rules and regulations. This was, and continues to, ensure the protection of UNB and our employees.

It is no small feat to juggle the complexities of Financial Services having Student Accounts & Receivables, Accounts Payable & Disbursement, Procurement and Payroll that all report directly to her. She has done so by being a supportive, collaborative coach and a mentor to every member of her team. Her door is always open for those who need advice or guidance regardless of the matter at hand.

Because of her extensive knowledge of UNB’s inner workings and history, Cindy has served on numerous steering committees, working groups and other University-wide committees too numerous to mention but most recently, FOCUS Financials, also having served some time as Chair of that group. She is also a very active member of AAUFO (Atlantic Associations of Universities Finance Officers) and CAUBO (Canadian Association of University Business Officers) both of which facilitate the sharing of best practices amongst university financial officers. Through these organizations, she has been able to assist other schools by sharing successes from UNB. She is a well-known name in these circles, she will be greatly missed by all her professional colleagues.

A former colleague had this to share, “Cindy was my Assistant Comptroller for the ten years or so that I served as Comptroller and I can tell you that any success we might have had over that period would not have been possible without Cindy’s incredible dedication, energy, work ethic, knowledge, professional competence, and organizational skills. It is these traits that she continues to demonstrate each and every day that have made her such an asset to the University.”

Cindy possesses a passion for UNB (is an alumna) and is one of its strongest ambassadors. She is highly respected by the staff of Financial Services and the entire UNB community and she is very deserving of this nomination.

It is a distinct pleasure to recognize and honor Mr. David Gillespie’s dedicated years of service to the University of New Brunswick Saint John for the past thirteen years. Mr. Gillespie’s professional expertise and deep commitment to our institution embodies the highest standards in alignment with UNB’s Core Vision, Mission and Values.

Mr. Gillespie has had extensive professional experience prior to joining UNB, including such positions as Patrolman, Military Security Guard, Deputy Commander Security, and Shift Commander as a Sergeant, Military Police Division, CFB Petawawa. His expertise in these areas is of great benefit to UNB and perfectly complements his current role.

Mr. Gillespie is highly disciplined and goal-oriented. He carefully considers all possible outcomes for any decisions made, especially with regard to how they may affect others. He is attentive, empathetic, and encourages us to be mindful of both physical and mental health in ourselves and others. He is easily approachable, leads by example, and promotes open conversation. He encourages us to reach out to others and teaches us how we can more effectively recognize signs of distress so we can better support our students and fellow colleagues. He is always accessible to support anyone who seeks advice or needs help.

Mr. Gillespie is extremely well respected and has an excellent relationship with all departments with which he liaises, especially Residence Services and Facilities Management. He also has an outstanding rapport with provincial inspectors who oversee the campus and its safety, including Worksafe NB and the Saint John Fire Department to name a few.

His leadership on the Saint John campus and specifically the Health Response Management Group is done with skill and efficiency. He is highly responsive to the unique needs of our campus by keeping up-to-date on our current status, chairing regular meetings, and promoting awareness and safety prevention by ensuring that all relevant information is communicated clearly to faculty, staff, and students. He is a valuable member of the Bi-Campus COVID-19 Response Committee and the Vice-President’s Advisory Council. He is committed to the well-being of our students and chairs the Student Disciplinary Committee.

Mr. Gillespie recognizes the importance of keeping updated on the latest safety information and protocols and takes advantage of any educational opportunities that arise. In early 2020, he participated in a workshop entitled “How to Do A Risk Assessment” that he intends to share with Directors and Deans. This is planned to be an education session to update faculty and staff on the most current process of thoroughly identifying hazards and risk factors at UNB that have the potential to cause harm, analyzing each hazard, and determining the most appropriate and efficient ways to either remove the hazard or control the risk.

Mr. Gillespie has also stepped up to rollout and implement UNBSafe, a new mass communication tool and mobile app that will replace the Campus Emergency Notification System on the Saint John campus. This tool is designed to send notifications to the university for all urgent situations that pose an immediate safety or security risk to our community.

Mr. Gillespie is happy to assist wherever his services are needed, including tasks that are minor or outside the scope of his duties. He and his team at the Environmental Health, Safety & Security Department have also assisted whenever help was required in the gymnasium for exams, as well as at numerous onsite and extracurricular events on campus. He has handled numerous student situations in very practical and efficient ways, always with compassion and empathy, without detracting from the academic goal. He is trusted, highly respected, and is always available to assist and support the Saint John campus with any situation.

When COVID-19 came to the Saint John campus, his exceptional management of all aspects of the pandemic was instrumental to our continued safety and conveyed his unwavering commitment to the health and safety of our UNB community. He was a solid voice through this time and acted immediately to ensure that strict regulations and protocols were in place. He also sent out detailed communications so that that students, faculty, and staff could navigate the many complex changes with ease. Working very closely with Facilities, it was evident that he is a highly capable team player, willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that we were extremely well prepared for all potential situations and any future emergencies that may arise. Throughout the entire process, he remained highly approachable and the calm voice of reason, practical and confident in his skills and abilities, with a useful and inclusive approach to problem solving. As the pandemic eased and some faculty and staff returned to work, he remained vigilant and worked tirelessly to ensure location tracking of all visitors to the Saint John campus, streamlined the purchase and distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE), and oversaw the design and implementation of all departmental Operational Plans to assist faculty and staff with their safe return to work.

We are extremely fortunate to have Mr. Gillespie’s leadership and expertise at UNB Saint John, especially with regard to guiding us safely through the COVID-19 pandemic and all of its potentials and implications. His unrelenting hard work and dedication is outstanding and he highly deserves recognition for his extraordinary efforts.

Dr. Thomas Goud, a Classics professor and New Testament scholar, has a remarkable record of service to every level of the University of New Brunswick since becoming a member of the Faculty of Arts on the Saint John campus twenty-five years ago. His service commitments have benefitted our students, faculty, university, and broader Saint John community in innumerable ways.

Perhaps even more significant than the three dozen committees on which he has served, is the conscientiousness with which Dr. Goud undertakes all his service duties. If there were tests on the hundreds of pages of Senate, Board of Governor, or Faculty Council Agendas, he would never earn less than A+. Both faculty and administration count on Dr. Goud's eagle eyes and attention to detail to ensure the UNB Act as well as the myriad guidelines of collegial governance (including Senate Bylaws, the University Calendar; and the Collective Agreement) are observed to benefit and protect everyone in the way intended. His fortitude might occasionally ruffle feathers, but his comments lead to reconsiderations that inevitably improve our actions. Dr. Goud's history of service is too detailed to explain here, but highlights include 12.5 years as an elected member of Senate, nearly five years as an elected member of the Board of Governors, and five years as campus orator. On the teaching side, Dr. Goud has served as disciplinary coordinator for Classics and Ancient History for the full 25 years of his UNBSJ career and director of UNB Travel Study in Rome for 17 years. In the latter capacity, he taught 20 three-week sessions for over 630 students. According to his department colleague Dr. Cheryl Fury, Dr. Goud is a "one man army” for language courses and classical learning at UNBSJ, and he has regularly declined compensation as director and instructor for the Rome Study summer courses to ensure it did not have a budget shortfall. Dr. Debra Lindsay, the current chair of the Department of History and Classics, concurs, adding that "Dr. Goud undertakes efforts on behalf of students, colleagues, and the institution with high ethical standards, an unwavering sense of fair play, equanimity in difficult situations, and a generosity of spirit that brings out the best in everyone."

Dr. Neeru Gupta is an Associate Professor in UNB’s Department of Sociology, where she has been appointed since November 2016. Having grown up in Montreal, Dr. Gupta completed a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Demography (1992) followed by a Ph.D. in Demography (2000) from Université de Montréal. Prior to coming to UNB, she was senior epidemiologist at the New Brunswick Department of Health, demographer-statistician at the World Health Organization (Geneva, Switzerland), and evaluation analyst at ORC Macro International (Washington, USA).

Dr. Gupta is an internationally recognized researcher in health systems and policy research. She has published 45 refereed journal articles, including in some of the world’s leading public health journals such as The Lancet. In the last four years alone, she has had 45 refereed conference abstracts published or accepted at international, national, and provincial fora for knowledge exchange. Many of these works with co-authored with students under her supervision. Several of her conference presentations were formally recognized by review panels, including at the Canadian Health Workforce Conference and the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research. Her leadership in her field is illustrated by editorial roles for two high-impact journals: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health and Human Resources for Health.

Over her career, Dr. Gupta has made significantly contributions in research to advance gender and social equity as an integral component of achieving the quadruple aim for healthcare improvement: improved patient care, better population health, reduced per capita cost of health care, and improved work life of providers. She made important early contributions to building the global evidence base on the health workforce through collaborative approaches. Over the next three years, Dr. Gupta will be embarking on several timely initiatives to enhance knowledge and research capacity to help support evidence-informed decisions for health policy and planning.

She is currently leading a team of researchers and graduate students on a multi-year project investigating trends and patterns in gender-related pay gaps among healthcare workers. Thanks to funding awarded from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the project takes advantage of national census and labour force survey data to address the question: Do health systems reflect the social inequalities they are meant to address? The research builds on previous research led by Dr. Gupta, in collaboration with knowledge users from the New Brunswick Department of Health, on gendered effects of a provincial physician remuneration scheme.

Dr. Gupta is also currently the Principal Investigator of a project looking at the role of neighborhood socioeconomic environments as a determinant of health outcomes among vulnerable populations. This research initiative has received funding through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

For nearly thirty years, Joanne Levison has served the University of New Brunswick with dedication and distinction. For the past seventeen years, in good times and in bad, she has been an integral part of the Faculty of Law, contributing an unwavering commitment to its students and her colleagues.

Ms. Levison joined the Faculty of Education as a Secretary in 1990, initially working for the Director and staff of the Early Childhood Centre and the Micmac Maliseet Institute. She then took on a broader role within the Faculty, serving as the initial point of contact for students and the general public, as well as providing general administrative support. In 2001, Ms. Levison moved to the Faculty of Law, rising to the position of Assistant to the Associate Dean.

This title is a misnomer and doesn’t adequately capture the importance and demands of Ms. Levison’s job. She is, in reality, the manager of UNB Law’s academic program. She is responsible for timetabling and course registration, assists students with degree requirements, supervises two employees, and works directly with the Associate Dean on a host of challenging academic issues. She is the institutional memory and rock of the JD Program. In addition to all of this, she receives and answers dozens of emails per day, her door is always open, and she is never too busy to help someone who drops in with a question.

Her readiness to assist and personal interest in students explain why alumni frequently seek out Ms. Levison when visiting Ludlow Hall. She is also known for giving impromptu tours of the building to visitors, something that is not part of her job description, but reflects her sense of institutional pride and commitment.

Ms. Levison is a leader among the Faculty of Law’s administrative staff. She speaks up when others won’t. She cares deeply about the wellbeing of her colleagues.

Ms. Levison keeps meticulous track of birthdays and personal milestones, making sure that no one’s special day is forgotten. Finally, she is a wise and trustworthy advisor; successive Associate Deans have benefitted greatly from her common sense and loyalty.

Ms. Levison personifies and has contributed to so much of what makes UNB Law special and unique – its sense of community and personal touch. Her career also reflects the values of the President’s Awards. She has selflessly dedicated herself to the Faculty of Law and to UNB, earning everyone’s respect and admiration.

Rongxing Lu (S’99-M’11-SM’15-F’21) currently is an associate professor at the Faculty of Computer Science (FCS), University of New Brunswick (UNB), Canada. Before that, he worked as an assistant professor at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore from April 2013 to August 2016. Rongxing Lu worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Waterloo from May 2012 to April 2013. He was awarded the most prestigious “Governor General’s Gold Medal”, when he received his PhD degree from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada, in 2012; and won the 8th IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Asia Pacific (AP) Outstanding Young Researcher Award, in 2013. Also, Dr. Lu received his first PhD degree at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, in 2006. Dr. Lu is a Fellow of IEEE. His research interests include applied cryptography, privacy enhancing technologies, and IoT-Big Data security and privacy. He has published extensively in his areas of expertise (with citation 20,900+ and H-index 72 from Google Scholar as of November 2020), and was the recipient of 9 best (student) paper awards from some reputable journals and conferences. Currently, Dr. Lu serves as the Vice-Chair (Conferences) of IEEE ComSoc CIS-TC (Communications and Information Security Technical Committee). Dr. Lu is the Winner of 2016-17 Excellence in Teaching Award, FCS, UNB.

Dr. Ted McDonald is a professor of Economics at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton and is the founding Director of the NB institute for Research, Data and Training (NB-IRDT), New Brunswick’s only provincial administrative data centre. Launched in 2015, NB-IRDT is the first and only facility of its kind in New Brunswick and is the product of almost ten years of close collaboration between Dr. McDonald and his team and multiple government departments and public bodies in NB. Under Dr. McDonalds Leadership, NB-IRDT evolved from an idea that NB should use the data the government currently collects in the course of delivering programs and services to inform policymaking into a facility that employs 25 people and has close to $3M of grant and contract revenue in 2019-2020. A significant part of that revenue comes from a number of large multi-year research contracts with various provincial government departments that involves research and program evaluation undertaken by NB-IRDT’s highly trained research team evidence to help inform government’s decisions around social, education and health policy.

A key achievement that provides clear evidence of the trust that the Province of NB puts in Dr. McDonald is the passing of provincial legislation in 2017 and 2019. Entitled An Act Respecting Research. The 2017 and 2019 Acts modified privacy and other legislation to define a clear legal pathway through which the Government can share with NB-IRDT all research relevant data from across Government operations, including health, social support, justice and public safety, education, training and labour among other areas. Dr. McDonald was instrumental in the design and implementation of the Act and partly in recognition of his efforts in this regard he was co-winner of the Mike McCracken Award for Economic Statistics awarded by the Canadian Economics Association in 2019. The committee noted that while his nomination listed many academic accomplishments, it emphasized the magnitude of his effort and accomplishment towards changing legislation in New Brunswick to permit research access to provincial microdata, a development many researchers hope will be copied by other provinces.

Dr. McDonald is also a leader at the national level where he continues to advance the case for a more integrated and collaborative administrative data strategy. He is currently the Chair of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network Academic Council and he sits on the CRDCN board. He is on the executive of the SPOR Canadian Data Platform, led by Kim McGrail of UBC (and funded with $37M from CIHR) and is the NB principal applicant for the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit. Furthermore, he has been invited to participate on a number of other national boards and working groups including the AI4H (AI for Health) task force and the health economics advisory committee of the Canadian Partnership against Cancer. Dr. McDonald’s leadership in establishing NB-IRDT has also meant NB is now part of other national research collaborations such as CanREVALUE, a federally-funded project led by Dr. Kelvin Chan of the University of Toronto on real-world evidence in cancer drug efficacy.

While undertaking this work Dr. McDonald continues to maintain a high level of academic productivity. Since 2014 he has published 18 refereed journal articles and book chapters, and has 3 other papers that have recently been revised and resubmitted to international journals. He has given approximately 50 presentations since 2014 including conferences, invited lectures, keynotes, and expert testimony. In terms of national and international service he has served on a number of CIHR grant adjudication committees including the Foundation grant scheme and he has reviewed for SSHRC, the Australian Research Council and the Luxembourg National Research Fund.

It is with pleasure that we recognize Dr. Rob Moir for his outstanding service to the University of New Brunswick Saint John over the past twenty-four years. Dr. Moir personifies the sustained commitment and dedication to the highest ideals of the university this award is intended to honour.

Rob is an enthusiastic and effective educator. His door is always open to his students. He makes time to learn about their interests and aspirations and is constantly seeking out opportunities for them to achieve their goals. Dr. Moir and his colleagues in the Economics area group have together built a strong Economics program whose graduates have gone on to gain acceptance into the most competitive graduate programs in the country or to embark on worthwhile careers in the public or private sector.

Rob is also an accomplished and able scholar, who maintains a productive research and publication program. As significant as these accomplishments are, it is Rob’s tireless work on behalf of the university and his community engagement activities on numerous fronts which we recognise with this award. Those contributions which are intangible, but nevertheless essential to the life of the university and to the fulfilment of its mission.

Rob is one of those members of the academic community who are its glue. A catalyst. A member of faculty who inspires and engages those around him, who leads by example of his enthusiasm and dedication. He shows up – literally and figuratively. For everything. With a smile and a kind word, and a cogent insight, a grand idea or a useful suggestion.

Over the course of his tenure at UNB Saint John, Rob has been a bridge between the university and the community, and fully a contributing member of both. Participating in roundtable discussions on local issues, working on collaborative research projects, inviting guest speakers from the community to campus, volunteering his expertise, reaching out to meet people and making time to meet with organizations and individuals who approach him because he knows it is important.

As a member of the Faculty of Business, Rob puts his hand up when volunteers are sought, to serve on a committee, meet with high school students in the region or to represent the university in the community. These are among the many service activities that he takes on as a matter of course and which are not recorded on his official cv.

Rob’s actions have had a positive impact on the hundreds of students he has taught over the past 24 years, and the dozens of staff and faculty members he has made it his business to get to know, connect and involve in one of the many projects he always has on the go. All of these endeavours are aimed at advancing the mission of the university: the quality of its educational programs, socially relevant research, or contribution to the community.

Writer Beryl Markham said:

“If a man has any greatness in him, it comes to light, not in one flamboyant hour, but in the ledger of his daily work.”

This describes the constant, committed and energetic manner in which Dr. Rob Moir has pursued his work on behalf of the University of New Brunswick over many years, with a dedication beyond the call of duty that merits special recognition.

Dr. O’Sullivan is a senior faculty member and Full Professor at UNB. She has a PhD in Experimental Psychology specializing in Social Psychology. She held a Canada Research Chair in Adolescents’ Sexual Health Behavior at UNB from 2006-2016. Dr. Lucia O’Sullivan is an outstanding, creative, and highly productive researcher whose work is acclaimed nationally and internationally. Indeed, she is seen as a leader in her field. Her research addresses the interface of sexuality and intimate relationships, including sexual health, risk behavior, communication and decision-making, and the impact of new digital technologies, with a primary focus on adolescents and young adults. In addition, the results of her work has important implications for helping to ensure the health and well-being of young people.

She has published over 110 peer-reviewed articles in a variety of prestigious scholarly journals in her field, 20 book chapters, eight book reviews, three research reports, and co-edited a book. Her published work has been cited over 4,700 times in the research literature. She has received numerous invitations to give research talks internationally (e.g., Prague, Johannesburg, Philadelphia, Warwick), and has presented at hundreds of national and international research conferences over the course of her career. However, her research dissemination goes much further. She has been represented many times in the mainstream media (e.g., the Globe & Mail, National Post, BBC, CBC Atlantic), including front page features of her research, where messages have mass impact. She was invited to maintain a Psychology Today blog (a leading blog in the field), plus regularly contributes to the research blog, Science of Relationships, and the academic blog, The Conversation, both of which get an average of several thousand views per day, and millions of views to date.

With her URS, Dr. O’Sullivan will explore strategies and communication that sexual predators use to overcome resistance of unwilling partners, bridging her two areas of research focus. The research world has focused intently on the experiences of coercion, risk factors, and consequences, but has largely overlooked research examining perpetrators themselves. To date, they have been considered near impossible to reach using traditional survey methods. However, the anonymity afforded to participants via online survey techniques now, as well as the features that can be embedded into surveys to ensure valid responding, means that we are able to finally gain insights into the motivations of men who knowingly commit sexual assault. Dr. O’Sullivan will conduct highly innovative research that taps new technologies – research that has the promise of providing insights that are essential for finally making inroads into reductions in sexual assault rates. Her findings will have important implications for policy, education, and therapy by addressing one of the most heinous crimes plaguing the lives of young people (and others).

Craig Poole is the person in Development and Donor Relations with the queue outside his office door. He's the person with his lunch plate perched on the edge of his desk as he studies his computer screen intently. He is the first to get out from behind his desk to greet any donor who walks through the door. Craig is also the person with all the answers.

In 2004, Craig began his work with Development and Donor Relations on a nine month contract. That brief contract eventually turned into a position as a stewardship officer, then an acting manager and finally in July of 2012, the permanent Research and Stewardship Manager - a position that was absolutely essential to the success of the $125 million It Begins Here fundraising campaign.

Merriam-Webster defines stewardship as "the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care." There can't be a single donor to UNB who has ever met Craig who would quibble with this definition of his work.

Craig is a veritable encyclopedia of DDR and UNB information. He possesses a keen eye for detail, but never allows himself or his staff to get "caught up in the weeds." Craig supervises a number of members of the DDR team and works closely with UNB faculty and staff. As one colleague notes, "To say that Craig is a wonderful boss is a huge understatement. He manages the office in such a way that everyone feels important and valued. He truly leads by example and treats every situation in a calm, thoughtful manner. He's good at seeing a person's strength and utilizing their skills to the betterment of the office and their own personal growth. He's also extremely considerate and respectful and does his best to work with or around difficult situations and/ or people."

It is not uncommon for Craig to know on a first name basis scholarship recipients, their degree programs and future aspirations. He fosters relationships with teachers and researchers and in so doing is able to effectively communicate to donors the fabric of our institution.

Craig is a consummate caretaker. He has the upmost respect for our donors and for the higher education and research at UNB that they so loyally support. He is a conscientious and supportive manager and mentor providing others with guidance and with the freedom to excel on their own. He is an indispensable resource for colleagues (inside and outside Development and Donor Relations) who depend on his vast knowledge and good judgement.

In the Office of Development and Donor Relations it is often observed that Craig has too much on his plate and yet seemingly manages it all effortlessly - except of course that it is anything but effortless. His good nature coupled with his unerring professionalism, his high level of proficiency and his absolute dedication to UNB, our people and our donors set Craig apart.

Craig deserves every recognition for the many ways in which he makes the University of New Brunswick a better place.

Susan Pugh has been the heart and soul of CETL, a constant for 29 years, providing Administrative Support for our dynamic team. Over the years the department where she started, Audio-Visual Services, has morphed through many iterations, integrations, and reconfigurations, and is now the Centre for Enhanced Teaching & Learning (CETL).

Susan has always been a strong advocate and promoter for all that our department stands for and the services we provide to our clients. She has brought a passion about UNB, about CETL and for our mission of promoting and supporting excellent teaching and learning. Even more strongly, she is passionate about supporting the team that makes up CETL, those who provide the direct services to our clients daily. Susan represents the embodiment of that excellence that CETL encourages and supports.

The team has been able to count on Susan to respond to questions and requests with the same high degree of care and professionalism, whether they came from the Centre’s Director or the most junior employee. Susan’s responsibilities have included development of departmental record keeping systems that have transformed our unit. She transitioned the department over 29 years from paper to a digital stats and financial accounting environment for the department. She has been the go-to person for managers who needed on-the-spot financial information and the relevant supporting documentation. She has handled all this with a strong customer service focus and high attention to detail. If someone needed specific information from a six-year old contract, just give Susan fifteen minutes, and the contract would be found.

Another major responsibility has been around human resources, and that was significant, with the starts and stops of student employees, with short-term free-lance and hourly employees working on various projects, and with a blend of faculty, staff, and student employees, representing every union at UNBF.

Susan earned the respect of peers and became a role model - she created a hub for the department where people could share and communicate experiences, about both work and life. She created a sense of community in the unit and was a significant cohesive force. She made sure people were cared for including staff within the department and at arms-length in the building, through fund-raising for cleaning staff, and organizing help for staff in need of financial or other support.

Some words that best describe Susan: trusted, diligent, supportive, conscientious, vibrant, unflustered, persuasive, effective, balanced, dedicated, generous, sympathetic, welcoming, humble, fair, kind, and also fun.

One student summarized “I had so much fun and learned so much in my year and a half with CETL and a lot of that was because of Susan. She made every day at work enjoyable for a lot of people, and I know her absence must be felt, but I also know we all agree she has earned her retirement!”

As the year 2020 began, Caroline Purdy was ready to take on a new challenge as the successful candidate for the Director of Teaching & Learning Services (TLS) position. She was looking forward to helping raise the bar on teaching & learning innovation, engagement, and student success. Only three months into her new role, the ground shifted fundamentally. A new challenge suddenly confronted UNB, as the institution stopped all in-class instruction and moved all teaching to “alternative delivery methods”. Caroline gathered her TLS team, and formulated a plan for introducing new learning technologies, integrated them into a pedagogically sound model, and rolled it out to UNB’s nearly 1000 full-time and part-time faculty members. Her efforts have led to a new level of collaboration with UNBSJ, with support efforts on both UNB campuses operating as one. Caroline’s successful efforts paved the way for a smooth transition to alternative delivery, and will have lasting effects on pedagogical innovation and course design. The following is representative of the feedback received from faculty members regarding the way she took on this challenge:

"I’m so grateful for your care and patience with me and with all of us in our time of hand-wringing. My students have been giving me excellent feedback, and a lot of their comments tell me that your suggestions for online teaching are bang on!" - UNB Faculty Member, Oct 2020

“Caroline has been a beacon of light for many as we struggle through this disaster. She has also contributed widely to UNB during her time here and is worthy of recognition.” - UNBF Dean, Nov 2020

Caroline Purdy has always been ready to take on new challenges, recognized through her years as an instructor in the Math/Stats department. Caroline began teaching courses at UNB in 1998, and within the first few years was taking on challenges beyond her own classroom teaching.

  • First coordinator of the Math Help Centre (now Math Learning Centre)
  • One of the first Math instructors to teach courses online with the College of Extended Learning
  • Redesigned Math 2633 and Math 3633 courses, incorporating experiential learning components
  • Mathematics textbook review, editing, and test bank question development for Pearson Canada
  • Took on challenge of the Fredericton Coordinator for NB Math Competitions (2016 – present)
  • Still coordinates all the marking for Waterloo and Canadian Open Math Competitions
  • Helped to implement UNB’s University Math Readiness Assessment in 2005
  • Has taught 13 different Math/Stats courses over her career

Caroline takes on challenges that advance the field, promote community engagement, build student’s love for Mathematics, and that connect current and prospective students to the University of New Brunswick. Amidst these challenges, Caroline performs at a high level, and has been nominated seven times for the prestigious Allan P Stuart award for Excellence in Teaching.

While taking on these challenges, Caroline builds excitement and loyalty in her team around a shared vision, whether that is the Math Help Centre tutors, or the Teaching & Learning Centre staff.

Whatever fresh challenges may arrive in the next decade, we believe that Caroline Purdy will be at the front line, ready to engage, with enthusiasm, optimism, and a strength of will to bring successful outcomes for UNB and our students.

Dr. Scheme has conducted a consistently high level of scholarship that has yielded exponential returns, including 15 different funded projects with industry partners and more than 50 funded grants resulting in $15M in research funding to UNB ($6.5M as principal investigator). Recognized as an expert in machine learning and signal processing for human-machine interfaces, human movement, and rehabilitation, Dr. Scheme has authored more than 140 international peer-reviewed journal and conference articles, book chapters and industry reports, and two international patents (pending). He is an associate editor for an international journal in his field and has been the guest editor for several special issues of international journals. Dr. Scheme is clearly an outstanding contributor and leader within the field.

Dr. Scheme’s research platform is not only broad in translational and applied research – it is also founded on an outstanding, scientifically innovative foundation. Dr. Scheme was awarded the highest NSERC Discovery Grant ranking of any UNB researcher in 2020—a national and international testament to his research depth and productivity. Furthermore, NSERC awarded him the Discovery Accelerator Supplement (DAS) – a highly prestigious award for those with the potential to become international leaders in their field. This award was only given to roughly 10 electrical and computer engineers across the entire country this year.

Dr. Scheme’s proposed research is in digital health – a topic of significant interest to New Brunswick and Canada given our aging population. Dr. Scheme will form a new Digital Health Innovation Group, using New Brunswick as a living lab to accelerate the pace at which digital health is researched, developed, and applied to our aging population. This research is highly significant giving the rapidly increasing healthcare needs of our society – our current technology and policies are unsustainable as our population transitions to majority-young to majority-elderly. We need new technologies that are economically efficient while maintaining a high standard of medicine and quality of life. We need proactive, rather than reactive strategies, and we need technology that leverages the exploding amount of information becoming available to us in unobtrusive ways that ensures our privacy. We need sophisticated algorithms that can suggest clear actions from this myriad of data. This is clearly a huge and multi-dimensional problem that no one researcher can solve, and is likely the most significant societal, economic, and health issue facing our society in the next 20 years.

Dr. Scheme is well posed to address this issue for several reasons. He has core expertise in many of the pillars of this topic (machine learning, artificial intelligence, internet of things, and several others). Perhaps more importantly, he is one of UNB’s best champions and collaborators, bringing out the best in his fellow UNB researchers and encouraging them to contribute in meaningful ways. Dr. Scheme is a pragmatic can-do optimist who plows obstacles out of the way of others so that they can contribute towards shared research programs, and his proposed research plan is no exception to his past record of accomplishments in this area. His proposed research focuses on forming a group at UNB, connecting them with industrial partners, and as a team going after the increasing pot of provincial and national money available to tackle this issue.

In summary, the topic of digital health in an aging society is a multifaceted, multidisciplinary problem that is likely the most significant problem our province and country will face in the next 20 years, and Dr. Scheme has the existing foundation and track record, combined with an existing team and collaborative vision, to ensure his success in realizing this vision.

Bob Skillen has often been heard to say about UNB’s most loyal alumni and donors that they bleed red and black. In actual fact, it’s Bob himself who is a major carrier of this special blood type.

Since his student days in the 1970s, Bob has been a devoted UNB patriot. An active alumnus, Reds fan, institutional ambassador, tireless advocate, and vociferous cheerleader, Bob has never stopped pushing, prodding and inspiring UNB to be its very best.

After a decade in teaching and sports administration, Bob joined the UNB staff as Executive Director of the Associated Alumni in 1990. In the ensuing 11 years, Bob transformed the Association into a vibrant, active and expanding organization, increasing alumni participation and strengthening the relationship between the University and our graduates. Among his many accomplishments he broadened the scope of the Alumni office, growing the staffing complement; reorganized the Alumni Council and diversified its membership; negotiated a memorandum of understanding between the Association and the University; launched Energized and Involved, a strategic plan and program of key performance indicators for alumni engagement; established an Alumni office on the Saint John campus; grew annual revenue to $180,000 through private sector partnerships; secured a $1-million donation to support and grow alumni activities; co-managed the $43-million Venture Campaign; conducted a review of student recruitment that resulted in the creation of the Office of Student Recruitment & Integrated Marketing and the Advancement Office in Saint John; conceived and implemented an Ontario student recruitment initiative, mobilizing alumni volunteers; led a New Brunswick advocacy campaign in support of post-secondary education; and organized an alumni travel program to international destinations.

Bob stepped down in 2001 for a brief foray into the private sector and returned to UNB in 2005 as a project manager for the Healthy Living Village and the resulting Richard J. CURRIE CENTER. In 2006, he was appointed to the new position of Chief Advancement Officer (later retitled Vice-President Advancement), responsible for the external relations of the university including Alumni Relations, Communications, Development & Donor Relations, Marketing and Strategic Partnerships. He led a staff of more than 60 professionals through a major rebranding strategy and multi-million-dollar marketing program; a comprehensive fundraising campaign securing $125 million for the institution; expansion of relationships with alumni, friends, government and industry; a year-long celebration of UNB’s 225th anniversary; development of new revenue-generating initiatives; and strategic reviews of Development & Donor Relations and of Communications and Marketing. He served as a member of the President’s executive team and on numerous university committees. He retired in 2020.

Through a career spanning nearly 30 years and an affiliation of more than 45, Bob has given his heart and soul, blood, sweat and tears to the betterment of this University. With his wife Gisele LeBlanc, also a UNB graduate, by his side, he has served five presidents and this institution with unflagging energy, enthusiasm, thoughtfulness and commitment. UNB has no greater champion than Bob Skillen.

Past recipients

2019: Tim Alderson; Danielle Bouchard; John Bigger; Nicola Cassidy; Emin Civi; Peter Coates; Debbie Goguen; Larry Guitard; Steve Hampsey; Stephen Heard; Renata Krasowski; Cathy Mahboob; Peter McDougall; Magdalen Normandeau; Ken Seaman; Alan Sears; David Wagner

2018: Andrew Daley, UNBF; Margaret Gray, UNBSJ; Lee Heenan, UNBF; Jula Hughes, UNBF; Greg Marquis, UNBSJ; Fred Mason, UNBF; Veronica McGinn, UNBF; Shelley Rinehart, UNBSJ; Henryk Sterniczyk, UNBSJ

2017: Faith Bradley-Sharp, UNBF; Shirley Cleave, UNBF; Lorna Clyde, UNBF; Doreen Crilley, UNBF; Christopher Grey, UNBSJ; Viqar Husain, UNBF; Lizabeth Lemon-Mitchell, UNBF; Alicia McLaughlin, UNBF; Lori Murray-Hawkins, UNBF; Nancy Nason-Clark, UNBF; Edith Snook, UNBF; Emmanuel Stefanakis, UNBF; Li-Hong Xu, UNBSJ

2016: Debbie Basque, UNBF; Ed Biden, UNBF; Kris Doucet, UNBSJ; Kenneth Kent, UNBF; Carolyn King, UNBF; Kecheng Li, UNBF; Yves Losier, UNBF; Dean McCarthy, UNBF; Dave Morell, UNBF; Vanda Rideout, UNBF; Remy Rochette, UNBSJ; Kenneth Wetmore, UNBSJ

2015: Dwight Ball, UNBF; June Campbell, UNBF; John Johnson, UNBSJ; Colette Keith, UNBSJ; Barry Monson, UNBF; Ben Newling, UNBF; Daniel Voyer, UNBF; James Watmough, UNBF; Kelly Waugh, UNBF; Walter Young, UNBF;

2014: Guida Bendrich, UNBF; David Creelman, UNBSJ; Donglei Du, UNBF; Judith Dunstan, UNBSJ; Virginia Hill, UNBSJ; Diane Shannon, UNBF; Maureen Sparks, UNBF; Anne Marie Stephen, UNBSJ; Lucy Wilson, UNBSJ; Huining Xiao, UNBF

2013: Andrea Bainbridge, UNBSJ; Lesley Fleming, UNBF; Jasen Golding, UNBF; Christopher Gray, UNBSJ; Mark Hirschkorn, UNBF; John Johnson, UNBSJ; Boon Kek, UNBSJ; Nancy McEwan, UNBF; Nancy Nason-Clark, UNBF; Ian Reid, UNBF; Marcelo Santos, UNBF; James Tong, UNBF; Alexander (Sandy) Wilson, UNBSJ

2012: Louis Belanger, UNBSJ; Zengtao Chen, UNBF; Emin Civi, UNBSJ; Gail Correia, UNBSJ; Stephen Gamblin, UNBSJ; Kerry Hoyt, UNBSJ; Linda Kealey, UNBF; Beverly Lockhart, UNBSJ; Austine MacKinnon, UNBSJ; J. Ted McDonald, UNBF; Richard McGaw, UNBF; Michelle McNeil, UNBF; Frances Stevens, UNBSJ; Hugh Thomas, UNBF; Martin Wielemaker, UNBF; Gary Worrell, UNBSJ

2011: Emin Civi, UNBSJ; David Creelman, UNBSJ; Fred Donnelly, UNBSJ; Margaret Dykeman, UNBF; Jean Fisher, UNBF; Christopher Gray, UNBSJ; Patricia Hunter, UNBF; Peter Jacobs, UNBF; Kecheng Li, UNBF; Christoph Lorey, UNBF; Marilyn MacLeod, UNBSJ; John McLoughlin, UNBF; Linda Neilson, UNBF; Ramesh Prasad, UNBSJ; Jeanette Robertson, UNBF; Donald Scott, UNBSJ; Yolanda Spithoven, UNBF; Jo-Anne Stevens, UNBSJ; Elizabeth Whamond, UNBF

2010: Philip Backman, UNBSJ; Myriam Barbeau, UNBF; Mary Blatherwick, UNBF; Michael Bradley, UNBSJ; Kelly Cummings, UNBSJ; Dion Durnford, UNBF; Wanda Foster, UNBF; David Green, UNBF; Hugh Lautard, UNBF; Marc Milner, UNBF; Ted Needham, UNBF; Theresa Noel, UNBF; Tanya Pitt, UNBSJ; Roger Ploude, UNBF; Robert Rogers, UNBF; Jack Terhune, UNBSJ; Vera Zarowsky, UNBF

2009: Gardiner MacDougall, UNBF; John Teskey, UNBF; Linda Nugent, UNBSJ; Tony Fitzgerald, UNBF; Merzik Kamel, UNBSJ; Allison McKinnon, UNBSJ; Dianne Muir, UNBF; Neil Ridler, UNBSJ; Ted Robak, UNBF; Stephen Strople, UNBF; Milt Thomas, UNBF; Melinda Tolliver, UNBF; David Wiezel, UNBF; Liuchen Chang, UNBF; Ying Zheng, UNBF; Sandra Bell, UNBSJ; Michael Fleming, UNBF; Catherine O'Brien-Larivee, UNBSJ; Lucia O'Sullivan, UNBF

2008: Douglas Beairsto,UNBF; Jane Fritz, UNBF; Judith Armstrong, UNBSJ; Glenn Cleland, UNBF; Reginald Craft, UNBF; Keith De'Bell, UNBSJ; Stacey Hamdan, UNBSJ; Silke Klenk, UNBF; Kenneth Lerette, UNBSJ; Stephen Rosenfeld, UNBF; Dan Tanaka, UNBSJ; John (Jack) Wagstaff, UNBSJ; Wendy Wells, UNBF; Sandra Byers, UNBF; Demetres Tryphonopoulos, UNBF; Diana Austin, UNBF; John Grant Mcloughlin, UNBF; David Flagel, UNBSJ

2007: Sandra Latchford, UNBF; Will van den Hoonaard, UNBF; Michael Ircha, UNBF; Terry Arnold, UNBF; Wiktor Askanas, UNBF; Tracey Chiasson, UNBSJ; Assad David, UNBF; John DeDourek, UNBF; Tammy Hicks, UNBSJ; Heather Long-Smith, UNBSJ; Jack Passmore, UNBF; Kathy Robertson, UNBSJ; Bonnie Sudul, UNBSJ; Ali Ghorbani, UNBF; Ghislain Deslongchamps, UNBF; Steven Turner, UNBF; Joanna Everitt, UNBSJ; Merzik Kamel, UNBSJ

2006: J. Eugene Lewis,UNBF; Susan Montague , UNBF; Nancy Waugh , UNBSJ; Kevin Bonner, UNBSJ; Jackie Butler, UNBF; Terrance Cotter, UNBSJ; Doug Crockett, UNBF; Robin Dickson, UNBF; Jane MacKay, UNBSJ; Patty O'Brien, UNBSJ; Jack Terhune, UNBSJ; D. Gillian Thompson, UNBF; John Webster, UNBF; Judith Wuest, UNBF; Les Cwynar, UNBF; Sean McGrady, UNBF; Kevin Englehart, UNBF; Lilly Both, UNBSJ; Sarah Maier, UNBSJ; Philip Sexsmith, UNBF; Sandra Bell, UNBSJ

2005: William Chernoff, UNBF; Lawrence Garey , UNBSJ; Clint Hamilton, UNBF; Barry Bisson, UNBF; Brian Cassidy, UNBF; Allison Caverhill, UNBF; Timothy Dilworth, UNBF; Everette Grattan, UNBF; Carole Hines, UNBF; Joanne Croft, UNBSJ; Roberta Clark, UNBSJ; Mary Astorino, UNBSJ; Kara Stonehouse, UNBSJ; David Clark, UNBF; Gary Waite, UNBF; Yun Zhang, UNBF; David Rehorick, UNBF; Judith Buchanan, UNBSJ; Allan Reid, Culture & Language; Barbara Gill, Education

2004: Kathy Lumsden, UNBF; Richard Papenhausen, UNBSJ; Marian Small, UNBF; Meda Adair, UNBF; David Bonham, UNBF; Lana Davis, UNBSJ; Maureen Dick, UNBF; Mary Flagg, UNBF; Sandra Howland, UNBF; Robyn Humphries, UNBSJ; Gary Munn, UNBF; Eileen Pike, UNBSJ; Tillmann Benfey, UNBF; Ian Smith, UNBF; John Spray, UNBF; James Kieffer, UNBSJ; Elin Maher, UNBF; Nancy Nason-Clark, Sociology; Danielle Charron, French

2003: Judith Doak-Crouse, UNBF; Cora Higgins, UNBSJ; Peter Kent, UNBF; Duc Banh, UNBF; Terrance Cormier, UNBSJ; Stella Keays, UNBF; Bruce Kilburn, UNBSJ; Wahkuna Lisik, UNBSJ; Bonnie Wood, UNBF; Phillip H. Wright, UNBF; Randall Martin, UNBF; Gopalan Srinivasan, UNBF; Melanie Wiber, UNBF; Ted Needham, UNBF; Barbara Trenholm, UNBF; Jim Kieffer, Biology SJ; Kathleen Berry, Education

2002: David Daugharty, UNBF; Pat Joas, UNBSJ; Mary Murray, UNBF; Peter Coates, UNBF; Rod Cooper, UNBF; Wayne Donaldson, UNBF; Diane Shannon, UNBF; Pat Spadoni, UNBF; Robert Tingley, UNBF; Anna Ward, UNBF; Nancy Waugh, UNBSJ; Paul Gendreau, UNBSJ; Norman Siebrasse, UNBF; Ajit Thakkar, UNBF; Murray Goddard, UNBSJ; Andrew Hughes, UNBF; Constantine Passaris, Economics; Sarah Maier, Humanities & Lang. SJ

2001: Kay Fox, UNBF; Margaret Murphy, UNBSJ; Bill Paterson, UNBF; Tom Austin, UNBF; Marie Cashion, UNBF; Rufus McKillop, UNBF; Linda Smith, UNBSJ; Jon Thompson, UNBF; Sandy Wilson, UNBSJ; Cathleen Crudden, UNBF; Beverly Lemire, UNBF; Katherine Frego, UNBSJ; Pierre Zundel, UNBF; Ted Robak, Forestry & EM; Barry Bisson, Engineering

2000: Thom Erdle, Forestry & EM; Diana Austin, English

Allan P. Stuart Award for Excellence in Teaching

1999: Paul McDonnell, Psychology; Lily Both, Psychology SJ

1998: Ruth Shaw, Math & Stats SJ; Stephen Ross, Physics

1997: Wendy Robbins, English; Kate Frego, Biology SJ

1996: James Murray, Classics; Judith Buchanan, Nursing SJ

1995: Steve Turner, History; Grace Getty, Nursing

1994: Mohammad Hamdan, Math & Stats SJ; Lesley Fleming, Biology

1993: David Townsend, Law; Robert Chanteloup, Sociology SJ

1992: Phillip Wright, Kinesiology; Barbara Trenholm, Business Administration

1991: Roger Ploude, English; William Mullin, Biology

1990: Byron Walton, Engineering SJ; Bill Chernoff, Math & Stats

Allan P. Stuart Award for Excellence in Teaching

1989: Friedrich Grien, Chemistry; Jane Fritz, Computer Science

1988: James M. Tolliver, Business Administration; Teresa Killoran, Education

1987: Donald F. Rowan, English; Barbara MacKinnon, Biology

1986: Jillian Sullivan, Math & Stats; Pete McGahan, Dean of Faculty, SJ

1985: Arun J. Valsangkar, Civil Engineering; Wiktor Askanas, Business Administration

1984: Beverly G. Smith, Law; David Rehorick, Soiciology

1983: Charles G. Kunn, Political Science; Reavley Gair, English

1982: Linda A. Parker, Psychology SJ; Daniel M. Hurley, Law

1981: Howard McFarlane, Civil Engineering; Kevin Halcrow, Biology SJ

1980: C. Shirley MacLeod, Nursing; Clayton R. Lewis, Mathematics

Allan P. Stuart Award for Excellence in Teaching

1979: Dan Keppie, Forestry & EM; Thomas A. Austin, Computer Science

1978: Ronald M. Lees, Physics; Verne M. Ireton, Mechanical Engineering

1977: Wilfred B.W. Martin, Soiciology; Gilbert Allardyce, History

1976: Sidney I. Pobihushchy, Political Science; Joanne E. Harris, Math & Stats SJ

1975: Leonard C. Smith, Classics; Lawrence E. Garey, Math & Stats SJ

1974: Zdenek Valenta, Chemistry; William Y. Smith, Economics

1973: Allan P. Stuart, Chemistry; R. Wayne Jollineau, Business Administration

1972: Barbara J. Pepperdene, Dept. of Sociology; Leonard P. Edwards, Mathematics