Campus Life

Nicol appointed University Librarian

The University of Lethbridge has named Dr. Christopher J. Nicol as its new University Librarian, an appointment that took effect on July 1, 2013.

Nicol, the former Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science, had been serving as Acting University Librarian since Sept. 1, 2012. He took that position in the wake of former University Librarian Alison Nussbaumer's move to the role of Interim Dean, Internationalization.

"Chris Nicol's service to the University of Lethbridge as Dean of Arts and Science has been both remarkable and exemplary," says Bob Boudreau, the University's Vice Provost. "His contributions in advancing the Faculty of Arts and Science will be felt for years to come. Building on this legacy, we are absolutely thrilled that Chris will continue to serve and lead the U of L in his new role of University Librarian."

A native of Scotland, Nicol earned his master's and PhD in economics at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont., before spending 16 years as a professor of economics at the University of Regina. He arrived on the University of Lethbridge campus in 2001 and assumed his duties as a professor in economics while also serving as the Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science. He will continue on as a professor of economics in the Department of Economics while serving as the University Librarian.

An esteemed researcher, Nicol's interests are in econometrics, applied econometrics and the theory of consumer behaviour. He is also keenly interested in macroeconomic policy debates, especially those arising in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008.

Nicol is also an accomplished swimmer, having competed internationally and at the post-secondary level for Queen's University. In 1985, Nicol won both the 100-metre and 200-metre breaststroke events at the inaugural World Masters Games in Toronto.