Michael Fox has been working in the field of post-secondary teaching, research, and administration for over 30 years, with various positions as Dean of Students at Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec; Vice-President Student Affairs at the University of Winnipeg; and Vice-President (Academic and Research) at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. He has an undergraduate degree and Master’s degree in housing and urban development from Western University and an education degree and PhD. in geography from McGill University. His teaching and research have focused on campus-community relations, community planning, and municipal affairs, including a wide range of consultation work on municipal strategic planning processes, town and gown relations committee work, housing issues, and small town economic development and sustainability projects. Michael is an active member of the International Town & Gown Association and the Town and Gown Association of Ontario.
Michael is well-known for his efforts to connect his students and their learning to the communities in which their college or university is located through direct research and consulting with municipal government leaders and community-based organizations. He works with student government leaders, mayors, and council members on connecting housing and community issues and opportunities to local residents, schools, and environmental groups. Countless students have benefited from this hands-on experience in their adopted communities and have come to recognize the critical importance of town and gown relationships that can be a positive and enriching experience for all concerned.
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