"Michael Stevenson became Simon Fraser University's eighth President on December 1, 2000. Born in South Africa, Dr. Stevenson left after graduation (BA, University of Witwatersrand) for graduate studies in the United States (PhD, Northwestern). He has taught at universities in the United States, Canada and Nigeria. He taught Political Science at Western Michigan University. He was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow and Senior Lecturer at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He taught Political Science, was Secretary of the Faculty Association, twice Chair of the Department of Political Science, Chair of the University Senate, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, and for seven years Vice-President (Academic Affairs) and Provost at York University in Toronto, Ontario. He is an Associate Senior Fellow of Massey College in Toronto. A Full Professor of Political Science, he has also been active in interdisciplinary research as Associate Director of the Institute for Social Research and as founding director of the York Centre for Health Studies. He has published extensively on post-independence developments in Sub-Saharan Africa, health policy in Canada and Canadian political culture and public opinion. His book, Politics and Ideology in Canada, co-authored with Michael Ornstein, was awarded The Harold Innis Book Prize for the best book in the Social Sciences in 1999-2000 by the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada. Dr. Stevenson serves on the Board of the Business Council of British Columbia, the Committee on International Relations of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade's Education Marketing Advisory Board, the Discovery Foundation Board, and the Board of the Centre for Excellence in the Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems. He also serves on the Campaign Cabinet of the United Way's Campaign for the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Dr. Stevenson is currently Chair of The University Presidents' Council of British Columbia. He is married to Jan Whitford, who has had a distinguished career in Canadian and international book publishing, as Editorial Director for two major houses, and subsequently as a literary agent for writers of both fiction and non-fiction. His daughter Alexandra is a graduate of McGill University."

[September 3, 2003]

[BCBW 2003] "Politics"