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John Stubbs is a Canadian academic. He was president of Trent University and Simon Fraser University.

Stubbs began his career as a historian and political scientist, specializing in the history of 20th century British politics and media. He distinguished himself as a teacher and administrator at the University of Waterloo, serving in various positions including associate Dean of Arts. Stubbs was appointed President of Trent University in 1987, a post that he held until 1993, when he was appointed for a five-year term as President of Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. His term was renewed in April 1997.

In 1997, he was forced to resign for his mishandling of a controversial sexual harassment case. Since then he has been a member of Simon Fraser's history department. In 1998, he was appointed a board member of the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation.


  1. B.A. in modern history, University of Toronto, 1966; M.Sc. in international history, the London School of Economics, 1967;
  2. D.Phil., Oxford University, 1973.
  3. Lecturer, Trent University, 1967-9.
  4. Professor, University of Waterloo, 1973-1986.
  5. Visiting lecturer (1979), visiting fellow (1986), St. Catherine's (Oxford).


  • Ian Mulgrew, "President’s role in sex harassment case scars his career", Vancouver Province, 19 July 1997, B3
  • "U of G's Len Conolly new Trent president", Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 9 July 1993, B4
  • Robert Matas, "Stubbs resigns post as SFU president", The Globe and Mail, 13 December 1997, A9
  • Sarah Schmidt, "Scholarship fund failed, report says: Chretien legacy project", National Post, 6 November 2003, A4.

"SFU President appointed to second five year term," SFU News, April 3, 1997, Vol 8 No 7,