Keely Martin
Keely Martin
September 21, 2019

News Briefs - September

The ribbon is cut at the grand re-opening of Tibbits Hall on Aug. 16 | Photo by Jules Keenan

Paul Mazerolle Begins his Presidency

Paul Mazerolle was announced as UNB’s next president and vice-chancellor on Jan 28. Mazerolle began work on July 1, after the departure of the previous president and vice-chancellor, Eddy Campbell. 

Mazerolle worked priorly as pro vice-chancellor of arts, education and law and as the director of the violence research and prevention program at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia since 2009.  

Mazerolle is familiar with UNB. He grew up in Nashwaaksis, attended Fredericton High School and graduated with a bachelor of arts 1989 from UNB.

After working abroad for a number of years, Mazerolle wants to take some of his experience with reconciliation with Aboriginal communities in Australia and leading community employment expansion opportunities to UNB. He wants UNB to be a university that continues to make contributions to local, national and international communities.

In an email to the UNB community on July 2, Mazerolle said he plans to work with stakeholders to create a new strategic plan and work on a renewed course for UNB toward 2030, which is to be finalized by later this year. 

Tibbits Hall Reopens

On Aug. 16, Tibbits Hall was reopened showcasing 30 new single bedrooms with student-chosen furniture, renovated lounge areas with full-kitchen facilities and renovated public washrooms with showers that offer more privacy to residents.

This renovation is a part of the university’s Residence Renewal Plan, which includes renovations of Tibbits Hall, Lady Dunn, and Joy Kidd residences to become more accessible, modern and have improved privacy. 

In an effort for UNB to be more inclusive, accessibility has increased. Tibbits Hall now has three new and fully accessible rooms, which include private washrooms. Additionally, all levels are now accessible via elevator.

Other upgrades include the ability for students to change their individual room temperature, new energy efficient LED lighting in all areas and upgraded plumbing, heating and electrical systems. The residence also has all new flooring, ceilings, paint, interior doors and furniture.

Lady Dunn is the next in line to be renovated and will be closing its doors this year. Joy Kidd will follow with a final completion date of 2021.

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