Simon Fraser University


SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY (SFU), atop Burnaby Mt, 30 minutes east of downtown VANCOUVER in BURNABY, opened on 9 Sept 1965 just 2 years after W.A.C. BENNETT's SOCIAL CREDIT government decided to build it. It was created under the leadership of the physicist Gordon SHRUM, who became the first chancellor. The design competition was won by Vancouver architects Arthur ERICKSON and Geoff MASSEY for their daring combination of concrete block and open plazas. The university opened just in time for the student protest movement of the late 1960s, and many of its faculty were American New Leftists, so it was not surprising that the university, dubbed Radical U, was convulsed by occupations and demonstrations from the beginning. For much of the 1970s it operated under censure by the Canadian Assoc of Univ Teachers for alleged interference by the board of governors in academic affairs. Political activity on campus was quieter during the 1980s, which were more conservative financially and intellectually. A satellite campus in a converted department store in downtown Vancouver opened on 5 May 1989, mainly to offer mid-career education opportunities, and a third campus opened in SURREY in 2003. There are now about 26,500 students and 760 full-time faculty. Presidents have been: Patrick McTAGGART-COWAN (1964–68), Kenneth Strand (1968–74), Pauline JEWETT (the first female president of a Canadian university, 1974–78), George Pedersen (1978–83), William Saywell (1983–94), John Stubbs (1994–97), Jack Blaney (1998–2000) and Michael Stevenson (appointed in 2000).
Reading: Hugh Johnston, Radical Campus: Making Simon Fraser University, 2005.