|Honorary Degree recipient, Thomas (Tommy) McLeod, 1992 (University Secretary fonds)|
Convocation date: May 20, 1992
Discipline / contribution: public service ; public policy
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Council and Senate, I present to you Thomas McLeod.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Thomas (Tommy) McLeod, a Weyburn native, received his B.A. Degree in economics from Brandon University in 1940 and his A.M. from Indiana University in 1941. In 1948 he completed his Masters of Public Administration and in 1959 his Ph.D. both from Harvard University.
Tommy McLeod has enjoyed a remarkably diverse career of scholarship and public service.
His broad interests and extraordinary capabilities have taken him through influential positions in provincial and federal governments, the University of Saskatchewan both in Saskatoon and in Regina, and various Commissions of Inquiry.
During the eight years at the end of and following World War n. Tommy served within the Government of Saskatchewan. He held many positions including the Secretary and Director of the Economic Advisory and Planning Board, Director of the Budget Bureau, Executive Director of the Government Finance Office, Member of the Health Services Planning Commission, and culminating with the position of Deputy Provincial Treasurer.
For the Government of Canada, he has served as special advisor to the President of CIDA on Public Administration and University Affairs; Director of the Evaluation Division, Policy Branch of CIDA; Academic Director, Bureau of Executive Education in the Public Service Commission; and Deputy Administrator and, later, Administrator of the Anti-Inflation Program in Canada.
Tommy served as the Dean of the College of Commerce from 1952 to 1964. He has also served the University as Vice-Principal and Dean of Arts & Science at the Regina Campus. Those who were taught by him, disciplined by him, managed by him, inspired by him, befriended by him all agree that he had a gift for academic leadership.
His international experience includes positions as Special Advisor to the Ford Foundation on the feasibility of supporting a national planning operation in Turkey; and Field Supervisor of the Harvard Advisory Group in Iran in the area of economic planning. He has also undertaken a wide range of assignments as Special Advisor to CEDA in Africa, Central America, the Caribbean and Southeast Asia.
Dr. McLeod served as a member on the Royal Commission on Public Accountancy and on the Saskatchewan Minister of Education's Committee on Adult Education. He also served as the Chairman of the Royal Commission on Taxation in the Province of Saskatchewan.
In 1967 he, with his son Ian, published a biography of T. C. Douglas, former Premier of Saskatchewan entitled Tommy Douglas, the Road to Jerusalem.
Others have acknowledged his contribution to his profession and his community. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan awarded him the Honourary Designation of C.A. The Institute of Public Administration of Canada awarded him the Vanier Medal in recognition of his outstanding service. His original alma mater, Brandon University awarded him a honourary Doctor of Laws degree.
Tommy McLeod's experience, wisdom, and talents were brought to bear on planning in various sectors of importance to society including health services, budget bureau, public accountancy, taxation and education. It is fitting that the University of Saskatchewan recognizes his contribution.
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you Dr. Thomas McLeod, and ask that you will confer on him the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: John Brennan, Dean of Commerce
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