Paul Baskcomb appointed Acting President of Thorneloe University

December 10, 2018

The Board of Governors of Thorneloe University is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Baskcomb as Acting President (part-time) effective January 1, 2019.

“The Rev. Dr. Robert Derrenbacker, who has served as President for the past 10 years, will be leaving in mid-December to assume a position in Melbourne, Australia,” said Board Chair Nicole Charette.

She added: “While the search for a new President is progressing, we do not expect to have a successor in place by the start of the new year. We are pleased that Paul Baskcomb has accepted the leadership role during the period of transition.”

A long-time Board member, Paul Baskcomb is the immediate Past Chair of the Thorneloe University Board of Governors.

Paul has an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Laurentian University, a Master in Environmental Studies from York University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto.

During his time at Laurentian, he was a resident at Thorneloe University and an active participant in the Thorneloe community, including a term as Student Representative on the Thorneloe Board of Governors.

An urban planner, Paul held positions of progressive responsibility with the City of Greater Sudbury and the former Region of Sudbury from 1987 to 2017. He retired as General Manager of Growth and Development.

A community-minded individual, Paul Baskcomb has been a member of the Thorneloe University Board of Governors for several terms. He served as Chair from 1999 to 2002 and 2014 to 2017.

He also served as one of Thorneloe University’s nominees to the Laurentian University Board of Governors from 2005 to 2009. He was a member of Thorneloe University’s Strategic Planning Committee and 50th Anniversary Committee.

In recognition of his dedicated service, Paul Baskcomb was made a Fellow of Thorneloe University in 2003. He is married to Marsha and they have three adult children.

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