Jack Lightstone, President and Vice-Chancellor
Jack Lightstone took office for a five-year term as President and Vice-Chancellor of Brock University on July 1, 2006. In June 2010, he was re-appointed to a second five-year term, effective July 1, 2011. He also holds an academic appointment as professor of History in Brock's Faculty of Humanities.
Before coming to Brock, Lightstone spent 30 years at Concordia University in Montreal. A longtime professor of Religion at Concordia, he served, from 1989 to 1992, as Associate Vice-Rector, Academic (Research). He was also Provost and Vice-Rector (Vice-President) from 1995 to 2004, and led an extensive academic planning process through a difficult period of budget restrictions and into a period of major renewal and expansion.
Lightstone received his BA from Carleton University in 1972, and his MA (1974) and PhD (1977) at Brown University in Rhode Island. He was a Visiting Research Graduate Fellow at Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1974-75.
He has written and lectured extensively in his academic field, and remains an active scholar funded by external peer-reviewed grants. He is the author of six books and is widely published in scholarly and professional journals. He is fluent in English, French and Hebrew.
Lightstone has served on a broad range of external boards and organizations such as the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts; the Canadian Jewish Congress, Quebec Region; the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies; and Fonds Québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC). He is also a member of Ridley College’s Board of Governors and has been appointed to the Prosperity Council of the Cities of St. Catharines and Thorold.
Born and raised in Ottawa, Lightstone is married to Dorothy Markiewicz, PhD. They have two children.