J.W. George Ivany (1989-1999)


George Ivany, November 1991 (University Archives photograph A-2599)

J.W. George Ivany was born in Grand Falls, Newfoundland. He has a B.Sc. in chemstry and physics and a diploma in education from Memorial University of Newfoundland; a M.A. in physics education from Teachers College, Columbia University; and a Ph.D. in secondary education from the University of Alberta. Dr. Ivany's field of expertise is science education. He was on the faculty of the Teacher's College, Columbia University, New York (1966-1974), including two years as head of the Department of Science Education. He was Dean of Education at Memorial University (1974-1977). He then joined the faculty and administration of Simon Fraser University as Dean of the Faculty of Education (1977-1984) and Academic Vice-President and Provost (1984-1989). He was appointed as the University of Saskatchewan's seventh President in November 1989, and served two terms, until 1999. Memorial University of Newfoundland awarded Dr. Ivany an honorary Doctor of Laws in 1990. The J.W. George Ivany Internationalization Award, to be presented annually, was established in 1998 to acknowledge Dr. Ivany's "commitment to internationalization and his leadership in fulfillment of that commitment".

Installation Speech, 3 February 1990