Eric JackmanFormer UWindsor chancellor Eric Jackman is the guest of honour at an arts reception November 23.

Dedication to culture wins recognition for former chancellor

The Windsor Endowment for the Arts will honour the cultural philanthropy of former UWindsor chancellor Eric Jackman at a reception November 23 at Caesars Windsor.

“With his generosity and involvement, he has changed the landscapes of many communities, helping artists, organizations and various audiences develop, grow and thrive,” says endowment president Carolyne Rourke.

Her organization has planned the “Artistry of Windsor-Essex Reception” as an evening of talent and creativity, showcasing prominent local artists, and celebrating the talents of students from the University of Windsor’s schools of dramatic and creative arts.

Dr. Jackman served as the University’s chancellor from 1997 to 2005. His volunteer work includes stints as president and chair of the Art Gallery of Ontario and director of Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre. His previous honours include the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario, as well as honorary doctorates from Assumption University and the University of Windsor.

UWindsor president Alan Wildeman calls him “most deserving” of recognition by the Windsor Endowment for the Arts.

“His personal support enabled us to create the Jackman Dramatic Art Centre,” Dr. Wildeman says. “Here, students learn the art of acting, voice and movement and subsequently thrill our broader community through the productions of our University Players.”

The reception runs 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Augustus Room, Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Drive East. Tickets are $75, available until November 16 by calling Lori Kidwell at 519-903-3173 or e-mailing