WINDSOR, Ontario – Former Mayor of Cornwall and Liberal MP for Stormont-Dundas (1974-84) Ed Lumley officially stepped down as the Chancellor of the University of Windsor on May 28.
Lumley was recognized as the Chancellor Emeritus during the afternoon convocation ceremony and was also awarded with an honorary Doctor of Laws. He had been the Chancellor since 2006 and is succeeded by the university’s first ever female Chancellor, Mary Jo Haddad.
“It has indeed been an honour to be the Chancellor of the University these past 12 years,” Lumley previously told Cornwall Seaway News. “Having been born and raised in the City of Windsor, it has provided me the opportunity to repay many people in my hometown and alma mater who helped me in my formative years. I was privileged to work with two presidents, seven chairs and members of the Board of Governors, and dedicated faculty and administration in our successful effort in improving the reputation and image of our University. Our students are our most precious assets and I will be eternally grateful having participated in a small way in their development.”
In his time as Chancellor, Lumley strived to raise funds for the university’s Centre of Engineering, which was consequently named the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering in his honour in 2013.
Lumley conferred degrees on about 55,000 or 40 per cent of the university’s alumni and a bursary remains in his honour.
In 2014 Lumley was invested into the Order of Canada. The Cornwall Civic Complex arena has been named after him, recognizing his various accomplishments.