Myer Horowitz

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Myer Horowitz
President of the
University of Alberta
In office
Preceded by Harry Gunning
Succeeded by Paul Davenport
Personal details
Born (1932-12-27) December 27, 1932 (age 84)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Nationality Canadian

Myer Horowitz, OC (born December 27, 1932) is a Canadian academic who served as the ninth president of the University of Alberta from 1979 to 1989.

Horowitz was born in Montreal, Quebec on December 27, 1932.[1] He attended the School for Teachers at McGill University and received his BA at Sir George Williams College in 1956.[2] He earned a Master of Education from the University of Alberta in 1959 and a Doctor of Education from Stanford University in 1965. Horowitz taught for eight years in Montreal before accepting a position as a professor in the Faculty of Education at McGill University.[2] He left McGill in 1969 to Alberta, where he accepted a position of Chair of the University of Alberta's Department of Elementary Education. He would later go on to serve various other academic positions in the University of Alberta: Dean of the Faculty of Education (1972–1975) and Vice-President (Academic) (1975–1979).[2]

Horowitz became the ninth president of the University of Alberta on August 1, 1979, succeeding Harry Gunning. He became known for his advocation for widely accessible early childhood services - something that he continued to fight for after his retirement as president in 1989, fighting against the Alberta government's decision to reduce funding for kindergartens.[2] He was succeeded as president by Paul Davenport.

He became the Professor Emeritus of Education in 1989 and President Emeritus in 1999[3] in the U of A. He moved to Victoria, British Columbia in 1998[3] and became the adjunct professor of Education at the University of Victoria. He is currently a member of the faculty involved with the University of Victoria's Centre for Youth and Society and Centre for Early Childhood Research and Policy.[2]

Horowitz was made an officer of the Order of Canada in 1990, and has received nine[3] honorary doctrate degrees. The Myer Horowitz Theatre on the University of Alberta Campus is named in his honour.[2]


  1. ^ Lumley, Elizabeth (2004). Canadian Who's Who 2004. University of Toronto Press. p. 603. ISBN 0-8020-8892-9. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f University of Alberta, Heritage Community Foundation, (2008). "University of Alberta: Myer Horowitz (1979–1989)". University of Alberta. Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Uvic Centre for Youth and Society (2008–2010). "Dr. Myer Horowitz". Uvic Centre for Youth and Society. Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Harry Gunning
President of the University of Alberta
Succeeded by
Paul Davenport