Dean's Message

The topic of leadership has been in the headlines and at the forefront of political discussions across Alberta in recent weeks. It has been on the minds of people across campus as well, with President Samarasekera delivering her final State of the University Address last month.

But as we think ahead to the departure of one campus leader, we welcome another to our community. Earlier this spring, the Right Honourable Kim Campbell was named the founding principal of the U of A’s new Peter Lougheed Leadership College, and as such is leading the creation of an exciting leadership development program.

I had the honour of introducing Ms. Campbell on October 9th as she delivered her first public lecture on campus, “Can Leadership Be Taught?” And I’m pleased to announce that our students will have many more opportunities to hear Ms. Campbell speak: she has agreed to join the Faculty of Arts as an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science for a three-year term.

This is very exciting news. Our curriculum in Arts provides a strong background in leadership skills; it teaches students to be open-minded and analytical in their thinking, and clear and persuasive in their arguments. I know that the remarkable opportunity to learn from an accomplished leader like Ms. Campbell will strengthen these skills even further, and help students to move forward as engaged citizens who can take on the complex issues of the world.

Lesley Cormack
Dean of Arts