Past chair of the Universities Canada Board of Directors
Dr. Michael J. (Mike) Mahon was installed as the president and vice-chancellor of the University of Lethbridge in 2010 and reappointed for a second term beginning July 1, 2015. He serves as chair of the Council of Western Canadian University Presidents.
During his first term, Dr. Mahon introduced “Destination 2020”, the University of Lethbridge Strategic Plan. Under this plan, he initiated the “Destination Project”, a monumental construction project. Other significant efforts include new initiatives to further connect the university to both local and international communities, including First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities. Indigenous initiatives include the creation of an FNMI protocol, establishment of an Aboriginal Education Committee within General Faculties Council, and reinforcement of a Memorandum of Understanding with Red Crow Community College on the Blood Reserve. For these efforts, Dr. Mahon was inducted into the Kainai Chieftainship in 2012 and given the Blackfoot name, Morning Star.
His strategic efforts also include the creation of a new framework for internationalization at the university, and supporting the revitalization of liberal education as the cornerstone of undergraduate education at the University of Lethbridge.
A former two sport university athlete, Dr. Mahon serves as chair of the board of directors of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (USports). In 2014, he was appointed to the Alberta Innovation Council by the Premier of Alberta and he has several other standing provincial and national commitments related to postsecondary education.
Dr. Mahon holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research is in the field of disability studies; conducted research related to decision making and self-determination for individuals with intellectual disabilities and the role of play in child and community development in developing countries.