Former Thompson Rivers University president Alan Shaver has been awarded the title of President Emeritus by the university's board of governors.
The recognition was made because of Shaver's "forward-thinking leadership" and initiatives that shaped the university under his eight-year tenure from 2010 to 2018.
Board chair Barbara Berger said Shaver's leadership led to a number of significant initiatives, including partnership agreements with Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc and the City of Kamloops, along with TRU's establishment as a full member of Universities Canada and the Research Universities’ Council of BC.
Shaver also established the TRU Community Trust in order to create The Reach university neighbourhood, which has led to the development of private commercial residences on university grounds.
Under Shaver, the university also opened its law school and began the accreditation process for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, an accrediting body for the northwestern United States.
Shaver worked for 46 years in academia, including past leadership positions at McGill University in Montreal and Dalhousie University in Halifax. He holds a bachelor of science degree from Carleton University in Ottawa and a PhD in organometallic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.