Staff, faculty and student leaders pay tribute to Lightstone

For someone who likes sailing as much as President Jack Lightstone, Senate Chair Scott Henderson’s remarks at a farewell party for the outgoing president were appropriate.

Henderson described Lightstone as the captain of the Brock ship, guiding it through 10 years of what where, at times, challenging seas.

“He has stayed the course in developing Brock into a successful, thriving comprehensive university,” Henderson said Monday afternoon at the event held in Jubilee Court. “During his time here, we have seen Brock grow physically, reputationally and in stature here in the Niagara region. He displayed grace in handling a difficult job in turbulent times.”

The farewell party also featured remarks from past senate chair Susan Sydor, past Graduate Student Association president Lee Belding and current Brock University Student’s Union president Patrick Foster, who said students were lucky to have Lightstone in their corner.

“The reason we have such a good working relationship with him is the fact that Jack doesn’t just listen to the student’s union, he listens and acts,” Foster said, pointing out the new artificial turf field and the under-construction bus shelters as examples of student-led initiatives that Lightstone acted on.

In his remarks, Lightstone said it feels as though Brock has always been home to he and his wife Dorothy, and said it has been an honour to serve the University.

“On one hand the past 10 years seems to have flashed by in a moment … but at the same time, it’s hard to remember our life before coming here. That’s a testament to how welcoming an environment the Brock community is.”

“I go everywhere saying Brock offers its students one of the best student experiences of any mid-sized comprehensive university in Canada,” he said. “As long as we can keep saying with integrity and authenticity that we offer one of the best all-around student experiences, we know that our future will be assured.”

Lightstone said communities near and far need Brock socially, culturally and economically.

“I’m so proud of how our students, staff and faculty, through everything we do including research and programs, service learning, volunteerships and co-op placements … I’m so proud of the way we translate what we do into the community and I’m equally proud of how the community has embraced us over the last 10 years.”

Lightstone will oversee his final series of convocation ceremonies this week. His final day as president will be June 30.

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