To the University community,
It is with sadness that I share with you news of the recent passing of one of our former colleagues, and a true builder of our university, Professor Emeritus Greg MacLeod. Many of the elements that bring distinctiveness and distinction to Cape Breton University have their origins in the work of individual faculty members. Along these lines, few among his contemporaries have had as great, or as positive, an impact on CBU and its local communities as Dr. MacLeod.
Greg completed studies in philosophy at the University of Louvain in Belgium and at Oxford University in the U.K. and served as a member of the faculty of Humanities until his retirement in 2001. As Professor Emeritus, he continued to work tirelessly for the institution and for the community. He has consistently focused on strengthening the university while championing local causes and supporting local groups. As an example, his unwavering support of Aboriginal groups has brought about many positive changes within CBU and has helped to make this university a leader in serving First Nation communities.
Dr. MacLeod is best known for his research on economic development and has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally. He has received honorary degrees from St. Francis Xavier University, the Atlantic School of Theology, and Dalhousie University; and he has also received the Order of Canada. His pioneering research forms the foundation for CBU’s Master of Business Administration program which specializes in community economic development. Internationally, Fr. Greg’s work is known in Japan where his book, From Mondragon to America, has been translated into Japanese and in South Korea, where he was made an honorary citizen. Over his career, Dr. MacLeod has been awarded well over $1 million in competitive research grants by the Tri-Council Funding Agency, most recently in April of this year.
Out of respect for Fr. Greg, flags at Cape Breton University will fly at half-mast today. Greg’s vast contributions to our university and community will be his legacy. I know you join me in expressing condolences to his family, and many friends, at this difficult time.
C. Dale Keefe, PhD
President & Vice-Chancellor (Interim)