MacEwan University has found its first chancellor.
The post-secondary school announced on Thursday that oncologist Dr. Anthony (Tony) Fields was elected to the prestigious position by the board of governors. Fields’ role as chancellor will be to act as McEwan’s ceremonial head as he networks to build and increase the university’s profile and contribute to realizing the school’s vision.
“I am incredibly honoured to be MacEwan University’s first chancellor and a part of its bright new future,” Fields said in a news release. “It is easy to look at the world and wring our hands about the present or worry about the future, but I think it is important to remember that positive change is something we must choose and work for. We can will a different kind of future if we work together to achieve it.”
Fields, a graduate of the University of Alberta, was a professor at the U of A and vice-president of cancer care for Alberta Health Services before retiring in 2011. He led the development of the Community Cancer Care Network and was named one of Alberta’s 100 Physicians of the Century and appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 2012.
He also received an honourary doctorate from MacEwan in recognition of his contributions in medicine, specifically in his work in gastrointestinal cancers.
“During my time as director of the Cross Cancer Institute and vice-president of the Alberta Cancer Board, we wanted to be known around the world for scientific excellence, but to be known in our community for the care we provided to our people,” Fields said. “I think the same holds true for MacEwan. The key to this university’s future success involves achieving academic excellence in a way that remembers that education is all about people and approaches that future with humanity and compassion.”