David Barnard appointed President Emeritus
The University of Manitoba Board of Governors has appointed Dr. David Barnard as President Emeritus in recognition of his exceptional leadership and legacy to the university.
The title of President Emeritus is conferred on an individual who has served as President of the University for at least five years. Individuals so honoured must have rendered distinguished service to the university during the term of office.
Dr. Barnard concludes his tenure as the eleventh President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba on June 30, 2020 after 12 years of service. Under his leadership, and in collaboration with members of the UM community, UM experienced considerable growth, increasing both Indigenous and international student populations, achieving continual record enrolment, reaching new heights in research accomplishments and achieving unprecedented success in philanthropy through the Front and Centre campaign.
In 2011, Dr. Barnard made a formal Statement of Apology and Reconciliation to Residential School Survivors in front of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, the first leader of a post-secondary institution to do so, and he has provided steadfast leadership in listening to and building relationships with Indigenous students, faculty, and communities throughout his time as president.
“David truly embraced the idea of UM being Manitoba’s university; one that serves the community, is a leader for change and a creator of opportunity, says Jeff Lieberman, chair of UM’s Board of Governors. “His thoughtful leadership has set the stage for continued success and achievement for this institution and the people who bring it to life. We are grateful for his enduring legacy.”