Longtime Georgian College volunteer and Board of Governors member Bruce Naylor has been presented with the honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies degree. MaryLynn West-Moynes, Georgian College President and CEO and Board of Governors member Teresa Snelgrove conferred the degree on Naylor during convocation ceremonies at Rotary Place, Orillia, on Friday, June 9.
The Georgian College Board of Governors’ Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies degree is presented to a recipient who has enhanced or promoted the college’s image and reputation in Ontario or elsewhere; made a significant contribution to society; and achieved noted accomplishments in a particular field of study or applied education.
“Bruce Naylor embodies all of the criteria,” said West-Moynes. “He is held in high regard by his colleagues on the board, at Georgian College and within the community for his spirited advocacy on behalf of students and his dedication to improve the student experience across all seven Georgian campuses.”
Naylor is a graduate of the Ontario Agricultural College with a degree in agricultural economics. His career began with United Co-ops of Ontario as a trainer of feed mill managers. Within three months he was managing two mills himself. Later, he moved on to a multi-faceted career with Toronto-based moving and storage firm Tippet-Richardson. Beginning as a branch manager in Hamilton, ON, he rose to various positions with head office before becoming president and principal shareholder from 1986 to 1996.
For the past 15 years, Naylor has used his prodigious talents as a volunteer at Georgian College. In fact, he received the Ontario Volunteer Service Award in 2016 in recognition of his volunteer service here. As a member of the Georgian College Board of Governors, Bruce draws on his strong business background to provide board colleagues with strategic advice, ensuring that the board continues to focus on critical priorities that have the most impact on students.
These include moving forward Georgian’s degree access agenda, particularly the new partnership with Lakehead University, as well as advocating for student residences at the Orillia Campus. Today, three residences have been built on campus. These are a tremendous benefit to students coming to Georgian from across Ontario.
“Bruce is known for arriving at every board meeting fully prepared and ready to ask tough questions that keep staff and governors accountable – and he does so with grace and good humour,” said West-Moynes. “Bruce has, without a doubt, made considerable contributions to his community and continues to enhance the reputation of Georgian College at every opportunity.”