Provost and Vice-President (Academic): Andrew Hakin

Andy Hakin VP Academic

Andrew Hakin became the Provost & Vice-President (Academic) at University of Lethbridge in July of 2007 after serving for approximately 2 years as the Associate Vice-President (Academic). Under his leadership, the University has established the Coutts Centre for Western Canadian Heritage, a School of Liberal Education, and the construction of a new state-of-the art Science and Academic Building opening in January, 2019.  These notable achievements build on the U of L's foundations and help prepare our students as future leaders. The new state-of-the-art Science and Academic Building will enable transdisciplinary programming and research collaboration to flourish among the sciences.

Andrew obtained a BSc and a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Leicester in England, and joined the University of Alberta as a post-doctoral fellow in the research group of Professor Loren Hepler in 1987. In 1989, he joined the Chemistry Department at the University of Lethbridge as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Professor in 2003. Andrew served as Chair of his department and was active in the U of L Faculty Association where he served as President in 2001.

Andrew is a recipient of the University of Lethbridge Distinguished Teacher Award (2000) and the International Colorimetry Conference Stig Sunner Award (2003) for outstanding contributions to the field of thermochemistry for a scientist under 40 years of age. He helped to create the Teaching Centre at the University to further promote the importance of high quality teaching within the University.

Andrew was lead author of a 1994 study on thermodynamic properties that the Canadian Journal of Chemistry (CJC) named as one of the most cited papers from the last 20 years by a Canadian-affiliated author.  His research involves the study of the thermodynamics of aqueous systems. 

As a U of L faculty member since 1989, he is a Member and Graduate of the Royal Society of Chemistry and is also vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the Sinneave Family Foundation.

  • Appointed Provost and Vice-President (Academic) (2007)
  • Appointed Associate Vice-President (Academic) (2005)
  • Professor (2003), Associate Professor (1994), Assistant Professor of Chemistry (1989)
  • Served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (1999 - 2002)
  • President, U of L Faculty Association (2001)
  • Distinguished Teacher Award (2000)



University of Leicester

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Chemistry (1984 - 1987)

Thesis title: Kinetics of Reactions in Aqueous Solutions
Supervisor: Professor Michael J. Blandamer

University of Leicester

Bachelor of Science (BSc) (Hons), Chemistry (1981 - 1984)

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