The University of Lethbridge is pleased to announce the second of its distinguished 2014 Honorary Degree recipients – erstwhile post-secondary education supporter Dr. Séamus O’Shea.
“Dr. O'Shea, in his longtime role as Vice-President (Academic) and Provost, was extremely influential in the maturation of our university and we are thrilled that he has accepted our offer of an Honorary Degree,” says University of Lethbridge Chancellor, Dr. Shirley McClellan. “The comprehensive institution you see today could not have been achieved without the foresight of people such as Dr. O’Shea.”
The U of L will present O’Shea with the degree of Doctor of Science, honouris causa at the Fall 2014 Convocation Ceremonies.
Former Vice President (Academic) of the University of Lethbridge, Dr. Séamus O’Shea, has had a significant positive impact on the institution, and on the post-secondary sector in Alberta and beyond.
A professor of chemistry at the U of L since 1977, O’Shea is a computational chemist. In the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry he progressed through the academic ranks to become professor and then department Chair, before moving on to senior administration.
O’Shea served as the Vice-President (Academic) and Provost for the University of Lethbridge from 1991 to 2007. As VP Academic he was a catalyst for the transition of the U of L into the comprehensive academic and research institution it is today.
O’Shea has also played a significant role in Alberta’s post-secondary education and research sectors. From 2007 to 2012 he was Chair of the Board of Cybera, he was Chair of Alberta’ Informatics Circle of Research Excellence until 2010, and he led the implementation of a provincial online post-secondary application system. Currently, he is Chair of the Board of Directors for the Alberta Gambling Research Institute. He has shown continuous support for the institution, the post-secondary system and the province.