David W. Atkinson

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David W. Atkinson
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President of Carleton University
In office
President of
MacEwan University
In office
Preceded byDr. Paul J. Byrne
Succeeded byDr. Deborah Saucier
Personal details
Born1948 (age 70–71)
Sunderland, England
Alma materIndiana University, University of Calgary

David William Atkinson (born 1948)[1] is a Canadian academic and former president of MacEwan University. He is the former president of Kwantlen Polytechnic University and two Ontario universities, Brock University in St. Catharines and Carleton University in Ottawa.

David W. Atkinson was born in Sunderland, England, and immigrated to Canada when very young. Educated in Calgary, he attended the Indiana University, where he was an All-American in Cross Country, and a member of the Big Ten Championship Cross Country Team. He returned to the University of Calgary, where he completed his B.A. degree (1970), and subsequently earned an M.A. (1971), and a Ph.D. degree (1975) in English.

David Atkinson was a faculty member at the University of Lethbridge from 1977 to 1991, where he took on increasingly senior administrative positions, including Director of Applied Studies, Chair of Religious Studies, Associate Dean of Arts and Science, and Dean of Student Affairs. In 1991 he was appointed Dean of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan. In 1997 he was appointed President of Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, and in 2005 President of Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, a position from which he resigned.[2]

He was appointed President of Kwantlen University College in Surrey, British Columbia, which in May, 2008 was designated as Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He resigned to take up the post of President of MacEwan University on July 1, 2011.

Between 2011 and 2017 Atkinson was the fourth President of MacEwan University. During that time MacEwan centralized its satellite campuses to the city center and constructed a new Centre for Arts and Culture building. He also oversaw the official re-branding of Grant MacEwan University into MacEwan University. Atkinson will return to teach English at the university in 2018. His successor, Dr. Deborah Saucier, will enter office on July 1, 2017.[3]

David W. Atkinson is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. He has also received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal and Diamond Jubilee Medal.[4] David Atkinson has held faculty positions in both English and Religious Studies. He has published widely in both disciplines.

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  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Carleton University president quits". CBC News. 21 Nov 2006. Retrieved 17 Dec 2016.
  3. ^ "New MacEwan University president to start July 1, 2017" (PDF). MacEwan University. March 1, 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 13, 2017. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  4. ^ "Office of the President - Profile". MacEwan University. Archived from the original on June 6, 2017.

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