Written by: Cate Talaue
I was very involved in the community in all sorts of movements while I was an undergrad at Carleton University. I think I’d tell myself to get more involved on-campus. I think that I would’ve met more people as oppose to the people I already knew. First thing that I tell incoming students is that their education is only part of their experience here.
What has been one of your favourite experiences at Brock University?
It has been an absolute joy to work with BUSU, the Graduate Students Association (GSA), and the Goodman student club executives. I do not know of another university in Canada where the relationship between university administration and student leaders is as constructive. We help one another, we work through our disagreements, it’s truly a partnership to make Brock and the student experience better.
Who has been one of your biggest motivators/an important inspiration and why?
I want my family to be proud of me – my wife, children, and grandchildren. I want them to feel like I’ve done something significant and that I’ve contributed to something larger. They’re great motivators for me.
It’s easy to thank someone for their contributions or for just being themselves, but if you could thank yourself for one thing, what would it be?
I’ve always been grateful that I manage stress relatively well. When my stress level gets too high, I have a few techniques. I exercise, I play acoustic guitar – music is a great stress reliever. I’ve always found sailing as a good one as well because it’s easy to forget everything else when I’m out on the water.
What is one personal thing that you still want to accomplish?
I’ve been sailing since I was a teenager. I wanted to spend a year living out on our boat but I didn’t want to wait until I was retired to do it. My wife and I did it from 2004 to 2005 and we sailed from Lake Champlain to Florida Keys. We spent that year writing up our research. I’m glad I did it then as oppose to when I’m tired and not as strong. I enjoy sailing, although I don’t think I’m brave enough to ask my wife to do it again.
What is one thing that you want students to know about you?
I want them to know that I am consistent. In leadership, you need to be consistent in your job and in your personality. I try to do that all the time. I also try to live by the motto that you have to get out of the trees to see the forest. In other words, you have to get past the details to see the big picture. I always try to make sure that my job paints that wide angle picture.
BONUS: Dr. Lightstone’s Top 5 Things I Love about Brock and Niagara
1. Alphie’s Troph and the balcony at the restaurant over-looking the trail
2. The student life presence on-campus
3. The beautiful view from all areas of campus
4. Walking along the Niagara Gorge
5. The community involvement aspect of the Brock experience
Dr. Jack Lightstone is the President and Vice-Chancellor of Brock University. Since beginning his first 5-year term on July 1, 2006, he was reappointed for another 5-year term in 2011, which will end in 2016. Dr. Lightstone has played a pivotal role in shaping what the University is known to be today.