National search for chief academic officer results in Lesley Brown joining Mount Royal University

Lesley Brown
Lesley Brown, PhD
~Photo courtesy Angelica Doucette

Today, Mount Royal University announced Lesley Brown, PhD, will become Mount Royal University’s new Provost and Vice-President, Academic effective July 1, 2017.

“We are delighted Dr. Brown has chosen to join Mount Royal University,” said David Docherty, PhD, President of Mount Royal University. “She is a proud and tenacious advocate of higher education in the province, as well as a strategic thinker with sound judgment.

“There is no doubt that she will help advance our vision of creating an exceptional undergraduate educational experience.”

Brown joins Mount Royal after compiling an exemplary record over 20 years at the University of Lethbridge (U of L), serving most recently as Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic. Prior to this position, she was the interim Vice-President, Research.

As an accomplished scholar in the field of kinesiology, Brown has pursued research in balance and fall prevention with the elderly and people with Parkinson’s disease. Her work has been published in several high-impact journals, influenced current practices and received funding from leading agencies.

A collaborator, Brown played a key role in developing U of L’s Strategic Research Plan and Strategic Enrolment Management Plan, partnering with Lethbridge College on an Agribusiness Enterprise Management program, chairing the Student Mental Health Executive Committee and creating an innovation and entrepreneurship program for students.

Dedication to teaching and learning is paramount to Brown. As a professor at U of L, she was recognized for excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level in 2009 and 2011.

Her extensive experience at U of L has been complemented by a research partnership at Dalhousie University, a visiting professorship at Texas Tech University and a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Oregon.

In her new role, Brown will be responsible for leading academic staff in line with Mount Royal’s Institutional Strategic Plan and soon-to-be finalized new Academic Plan.

“I believe strongly in the value of undergraduate studies, personalized learning and liberal education,” said Brown. “These priorities are at the heart of what Mount Royal is known for and what I will uphold.”

Brown earned a PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo, a Master of Human Kinetics in Biomechanics from the University of Windsor and a Bachelor of Physical Education from McMaster University.

The search committee, a diverse group of participants from Mount Royal’s community, invested almost one year in the process that resulted in Brown being selected. The University would like to acknowledge Jeffrey Goldberg, PhD, who acted as interim Provost and Vice-President Academic over the past year.

For further information, please contact:

Bryan Weismiller, Communications Officer Mount Royal University
Cell: 403.978.1365
Media cell: 403.463.6930