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Farewell message from Dr. Campbell

Author: Communications Office

Posted on Jun 27, 2019

Category: News and Notices

Friends and colleagues,

I write to you today for the last time as your President. This is a bittersweet moment for me. There is an element of sadness to leaving the place I’ve called home for the last decade and bidding farewell to people who have become far more than colleagues or friends. But I also feel pride in how much we’ve accomplished together, humbled by the talent and dedication I’ve been surrounded by and above all, I feel hopeful about our future.

As President, I am often given credit for our achievements. The truth is, I have been surrounded by some of the brightest minds and most talented and committed people that the country has to offer. We’ve led a province-wide experiential learning initiative, built world-class facilities, produced national champions and raised more than $125 million in support for our students, faculty and research efforts. We’ve made UNB a more welcoming home through university-wide efforts to support equity, diversity, inclusion and reconciliation. We’ve been named Canada’s Most Entrepreneurial University, and played a leading role in research from cybersecurity and smart-grid technology to harnessing data for social change. It has been an immense honour to witness the passion and creativity that blossoms in every corner of our institution and to share our strengths and successes with the world. 

These snapshots of success only skim the surface of the life-changing work that happens at UNB. I want to reaffirm that the level of commitment and care that we show each other is something truly unique and special. It is these relationships, the stories of resilience and acts of kindness, that set us apart, and that has kept me going each day. I especially want to acknowledge and thank the many people who have reached out to me following my darling wife Diane’s unexpected passing in the fall. Your kindness has meant a great deal to me and my family. 

I feel tremendously hopeful about our future and confident that our new President, Paul Mazerolle, will lead our institution to heights as yet unimagined.

In closing, I urge you to continue to challenge and take care of each other with the deep commitment and ferocity of spirit that sets UNB apart. Keep our mission front and centre in all that you do and boldly share our strengths and successes with the world. 

It has been a privilege and an honour to serve this institution and this remarkable community.

I am and will always be Proudly UNB.