Dr. John Dennison, BPE ’59, MPE ’60

Educator and researcher, John Dennison is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at the University of British Columbia who has extensively consulted on issues relating to postsecondary education across the globe.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Physical Education in 1959 and Masters in Physical Education in 1960. In 1967, Dennison earned his Doctorate in Education and immediately joined the UBC Department of Higher Education, where he served as an educator and researcher for over thirty years.

While at UBC, Dennison spent more than twenty years on the University Senate, authored and co-authored four books on community colleges in Canada, and published over 100 articles. He was crucial to increasing access to postsecondary education in British Columbia and expanding the system of community colleges. He later spent seven years as co-chair of the British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer, the body governing the mobility of students between postsecondary institutions, and consulted for the Auditor General’s review of Advanced Education in BC.

In 2000, Dennison was named Millennium Professor of Higher Education by the American Association of Professors of Community College Education. He has received the UBC President’s Award for Excellence, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education Distinguished Educator Award, and the Distinguished Member Award of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education.