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Trevor Grove named Honorary Member of the University

Friday, June 12, 2015

Head shot of Trevor GroveDavid R. Cheriton School of Computer Science member Trevor Grove, has been named an Honorary Member of the University and will be presented during this afternoon's convocation ceremony. Grove retired from the University of Waterloo in November 2014 after being involved at the University in one capacity or another since he started his Bachelor of Mathematics in computer science in 1974. He has been a student, researcher, lecturer, staff member, and president of the staff association and his involvement has covered all the key facets of the University – teaching, research and administration.

Colleague Lawrence Folland writes "I hired Trevor in October 2004 to work for the Computer Science Computing Facility (CSCF). And while Trevor reported to me, I found that I was learning a lot from Trevor – about the history of the University, how to get around, who was who. He was an exemplary employee, very dedicated, client-focussed. Having the perspective of students, faculty and researchers he understood their needs and worked tirelessly to fulfil them. Indeed, I sometimes had to make sure he would take a break! Trevor eventually took his talents off to Information Systems & Technology (IST) to work on a software development project, which was his forte. He came back to CSCF sometime later and became a peer manager with me. When he became Staff Association President, I saw how involved he was and the issues he was tackling. His dedicated service inspired me to get involved as well. In many ways Trevor acted as a mentor to me and also became a good friend. It has been my honour and pleasure to have worked alongside Trevor Grove.”

About Trevor Grove

Since 1974, Trevor Grove has been involved in the life of the University of Waterloo as a student, researcher, lecturer, staff member and as president of the Staff Association.

He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo where he earned his BMath in computer science in 1979, and he was on the research staff of the Computer Systems Group at Waterloo from 1979 to 1999 helping to build many of the tools and products for which the University became so well known.

As an adjunct lecturer in the School of Computer Science from 1995 to 2006, he shared with students his knowledge and enthusiasm for computer science, teaching courses in networking, database management, and operating systems. As a staff member, his expertise and dedicated effort, organizational skills and client-focused attitude helped move forward the mission of the University.  In 2007 he won a Staff Excellence award. He took an active role in the Staff Association, becoming president in 2010 where his leadership brought about many important advances include the new staff employment policy.

Honorary Member of the University designation

The Honorary Member of the University designation is the highest honour a staff member can attain at the University of Waterloo. It recognizes the individual for outstanding service to the university as a whole, not limited to one department or faculty. For faculty members, it recognizes distinctive administrative service to the university.

The designation is intended to recognize staff who, in addition to excellent departmental work, have contributed distinctive and distinguished service to the university as a whole and/or have made contributions beyond the university that have brought credit to the university. Involvement in multi- disciplinary efforts or university-wide collaborations and committee work or significant contributions to outside associations would be examples.