(Sydney, NS) - David Wheeler returns to Nova Scotia pledging to put Cape Breton University (CBU) at the heart of the regional economy and international thought leadership on sustainable energy. Today, during a special meeting held by the Cape Breton University Board of Governors, the Board confirmed the appointment of Dr. Wheeler as the next president of CBU. Dr. Wheeler’s installation will take place in April.
“The Board is extremely pleased that Dr. Wheeler will be taking on this key leadership role at CBU, stated Board of Governors Chair, Dr. Hayes MacNeil. As the result of a transparent and professional process, our dedicated Search Committee, under the able direction of Roland Thornhill, has recommended David Wheeler as the next president based on his many relevant and outstanding capabilities. His experience as an academic, a researcher and a corporate business manager combined with his years of international, sustainability and renewable energy expertise make him an excellent candidate to continue CBU’s evolution and growth.”
Dr. Wheeler, a former international business executive, also brings a wealth of experience in public health science, international development, corporate social responsibility, entrepreneurship and sustainable energy policy to his new position.
He is perhaps best known in Nova Scotia as the Dean of Management at Dalhousie University (2006-2009) who established multi-stakeholder consensus on energy efficiency and renewable electricity policy reform for the Province. He is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability) and Executive Dean of Business at the University of Plymouth (UK). In an academic and business career spanning three decades he has advised international agencies such as the UN, the World Bank and numerous governments and corporations as well as publishing his research in leading medical and business journals.
Dr. Wheeler thanked the Board for offering him the ‘opportunity of a lifetime’ and paid tribute to the record of his predecessor Dr. John Harker for his broad range of achievements.
In his initial comments, Dr. Wheeler, noting that all efforts will be in the best interests of CBU’s student body, made three pledges for his six year appointment, “To ensure that Cape Breton University remains at the heart of Nova Scotia public policy-making, specifically linking the contribution of higher education to economic development and social inclusion; ii) to project Cape Breton University into the heart of national and international debates on the future for sustainable energy; and iii) to ensure that CBU continues to expand its initiatives as a leadership centre both culturally and academically as well as continuing its focus on educational and business development for Aboriginal and Indigenous peoples globally.”
Dr. Wheeler may be followed on twitter at @drdavidwheeler1.