Welcome to Laurier!
Laurier is a jewel among Canadian universities. We are mid-sized with a strong reputation for excellence in teaching, scholarship and research. We are perhaps even better known for our campus vitality, sense of community and passionate school spirit. Our traditions are rich and deep, dating back nearly 100 years, and our students, faculty, staff and alumni have a real sense of belonging to the “Laurier family.”
I am delighted to be part of such a dynamic and welcoming community. My personal and professional background aligns closely with the values, culture and potential of Laurier. As a teacher, researcher and administrator, I have come to believe strongly in the power of collaboration and the need for a clear and strategic vision of the future. Organizations that embrace quality and that work collegially to strive for excellence are capable of achieving greatness.
Laurier has made impressive strides in the past decade. Student and faculty numbers have doubled, new buildings and campuses have been added, innovative programs have been launched, and thriving research and graduate programs are growing. All these developments have provided the university with the potential to choose its place in a world that has become increasingly complex and competitive. The challenge now is to step back and ask: How do we make the most of this potential?
One of my early priorities is to work with you to answer this question. I will implement an inclusive process to consult with as many people as possible, both inside and outside the university, over the next 12-18 months. The goal is to craft a clear, concise vision statement that will capitalize on Laurier’s strengths and guide the university toward its Centenary in 2011 and beyond.
I invite you to participate in this process and to share your ideas. Together, we will build a bright future for this vibrant and remarkable university.
Dr. Max Blouw
President and Vice-Chancellor
Wilfrid Laurier University