Fanshawe College is delighted one of its own is being recognized with the Order of Canada. An exciting announcement from Ottawa that President Emeritus Howard Rundle is among 113 Canadians selected for outstanding achievement is welcome news to the college he served for 41 years.
The Order of Canada is one of our country's highest civilian honours, and includes three levels – Companion (C.C), Officer (O.C.) and Member (C.M.). His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced last week that Rundle is appointed a Member for his outstanding contributions at the regional level in the field of education.
Rundle became Fanshawe's president in 1995, after rising through the administrative ranks. During his time at Fanshawe, the College grew from 3,300 students to a student body of more than 17,000. Rundle's long-term leadership also saw Fanshawe expand in a heightened physical presence across the region, establish itself as a cornerstone in London's downtown district, and blossom as a globally recognized institution.
Rundle retired as president in 2013, and soon after was honoured with a local legacy for his many contributions, when the college's new downtown Centre for Digital and Performance Arts was named the Howard W. Rundle Building.
Rundle joins three fellow Londoners also appointed to the Order, including choral music stalwart Gerald Fagan, radiation researcher Tsun-Kong Sham, and trade-policy expert Ronald Wonnacott. The four will be invested into the Order at a ceremony to be held at a later date this year.
The Order of Canada was established in 1967, during Canada's centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Over the last 49 years, more than 6,500 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.