U of L pres­i­dent to speak at SACPA


The Univer­sity of Leth­bridge is now home to more than 8,400 stu­dents, in­clud­ing grad­u­ate stu­dents, at its cam­puses in Leth­bridge and Cal­gary. But it wasn’t al­ways that way. To­day, at the reg­u­lar weekly SACPA ses­sion at Coun­try Kitchen Cater­ing, U of L pres­i­dent Mike Ma­hon will dis­cuss how the post­sec­ondary in­sti­tu­tion has grown in its 50 years.

The U of L be­gan at Leth­bridge Col­lege in 1967 with 825 un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents. At its 25th an­niver­sary, they had al­most 4,300 stu­dents at the west­side cam­pus.

Founded on the prin­ci­pals of a lib­eral ed­u­ca­tion, U of L still as­pires to that ideal. The U of L is also now a global in­sti­tu­tion, with stu­dents from more than 80 coun­tries.

Ma­hon be­came pres­i­dent and vicechan­cel­lor in 2010, and was reap­pointed for a sec­ond term be­gin­ning July 1, 2015.

He will out­line how some key project de­ci­sions made in the past has af­fected U of L, and also spec­u­late on what the fu­ture holds in the con­text of shrink­ing op­er­a­tional fund­ing notwith­stand­ing the Al­berta govern­ment’s $260-mil­lion in­vest­ment in U of L’s new science build­ing.

SACPA runs to­day from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Coun­try Kitchen Cater­ing.

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