Frank Fagan to be province’s new lieutenant governor

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Frank Fagan will be the province’s new lieutenant governor, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced today.

Fagan spent more than 40 years in the telecommunications industry — 25 of that at the senior executive level. He retired in July 2008 as the chief operating officer of Bell Aliant, one of North America’s largest regional communications providers.

He began his career in at age 17 in 1962 as a linesman with Newfoundland Telephone, and rose rapidly through the company, finally becoming executive vice president and chief operating officer for Aliant.

Fagan will take over for Lt.-Gov. John Carnell Crosbie. Crosbie became the 12th Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador in February 2008 following a distinguished career in public life and the law.

"Mr. Fagan has dedicated himself to the betterment of his province as a volunteer, philanthropist, and business leader," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a news release.

"He is a community minded individual through and through, and I am confident that he will serve his province exceptionally as Lieutenant Governor."

Fagan had a successful career in the telecommunications sector and was Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at Bell Aliant prior to his retirement in 2008. He is deeply involved in his community as a volunteer, leader and philanthropist with countless organizations, including the Health Care Foundation of St. John's, Junior Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Business Hall of Fame, and the Film Producers Association of Newfoundland and Labrador.

In addition, Fagan is the founding member of the Literacy Foundation and the Newfoundland Chapter of the Telecom Pioneers of America. He has also been instrumental in integrating people with developmental disabilities into the workforce and the community.

For his dedicated service, Fagan has received widespread recognition, including being appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2011.

Lieutenant Governors are appointed by His Excellency the Governor General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister. They serve five-year terms, during which they act as their provinces' vice-regal representatives.


The position of Lieutenant Governor, a uniquely Canadian institution, was created in 1867 by the British North America Act, now known as The Constitution Act. A


Previous Governors and Lieutenant Governors in Newfoundland and Labrador:

    Hon. Edward M. Roberts - 2002

    Hon. A. M. House - 1997

    Hon. Frederick W. Russell - 1991

    Hon. James A. McGrath - 1986

    Hon. W. Anthony Paddon - 1981

    Hon. Gordon A. Winter - 1974

    Hon. E. John A. Harnum - 1969

    Hon. Fabian O'Dea - 1963

    Hon. Campbell MacPherson - 1957

    Sir Leonard C. Outerbridge - 1949

    Sir Albert J. Walsh - 1949

    Sir Gordon MacDonald - 1946

    Vice-Admiral Sir Humphrey Walwyn - 1936

    Admiral Sir David M. Anderson - 1932

    Sir John Middleton - 1928

    Sir William Allardyce - 1922

    Sir Charles A. Harris - 1917

    Sir Walter E. Davidson - 1913

    Sir Ralph C. Williams - 1909

    Sir William MacGregor - 1904

    Sir Cavendish Boyle - 1901

    Sir Henry E. McCallum - 1898-1899

    Sir Herbert H. Murray - 1895

    Sir John T. N. O'Brien - 1889

    Sir Henry Blake - 1887

    Sir. G. W. DesVoeux - 1886

    Sir Henry Maxse - 1881-1884

    Sir John H. Glover - 1876-1881, 1884-1885

    Sir Stephen Hill - 1869-1876

    Sir Anthony Musgrave - 1864

    Sir Alexander Bannerman - 1857

    Charles Henry Darling - 1855

    Ker Baillie Hamilton - 1852

    Col. Sir John G. LeMarchant - 1847

    Major General Sir John Harvey - 1841

    Capt. Henry Prescott - 1834

    Capt. Sir Thomas John Cochrane - 1825-1834

    Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Hamilton - 1818-1824

    Admiral Francis Pickmore - 1816-1818

    Vice-Admiral Sir Richard G. Keats - 1813-16

    Admiral Sir John T. Duckworth - 1810-13

    Admiral John Holloway - 1807-09

    Vice-Admiral Sir Erasmus Gower - 1804-06

    Vice-Admiral James Gambier - 1802-04

    Vice-Admiral Charles Morice Pole - 1800-1801

    Vice-Admiral William Waldegrave - 1797-1800

    Vice-Admiral Sir James Wallace - 1794-97

    Vice-Admiral Sir Richard King - 1792-94

    Vice-Admiral Mark Milbanke - 1789-92

    Rear-Admiral John Elliott - 1786-89

    Vice-Admiral John Campbell - 1782-86

    Capt. Richard Edwards - 1779-81

    Vice-Admiral John Montague - 1776-78

    Rear-Admiral Robert Duff - 1775-76

    Commodore Molyneux Shuldham - 1772-74

    Capt. John Byron - 1769-72

    Capt. Hugh Palliser - 1764-68

    Capt. Thomas Graves - 1761-63

    Capt. James Webb - 1760-61

    Capt. Richard Edwards - 1757-59

    Capt. Richard Dorrill - 1755-56

    Capt. Hugh Bonfoy - 1753-54

    Capt. Francis William Drake - 1750-52

    Capt. George-Bridges Rodney - 1749

    Rear-Admiral Charles Watson - 1748

    Vacancy - 1746-47

    Capt. Richard Edwards - 1745

    Capt. Charles Hardy - 1744

    Capt. Thomas Smith - 1743

    Capt. John Byng - 1742

    Capt. Thomas Smith - 1741

    Capt. Lord George Graham - 1740

    Capt. Henry Medley - 1739

    Capt. Philip Vanbrugh - 1738

    Capt. Fitzroy Heney Lee - 1735-37

    Capt. Robert McCarthy Visc. Muskerry - 1733-34

    Capt. Edward Falkingham - 1732

    Capt. The Hon. George Clinton - 1731

    Capt. Henry Osborn - 1729-31



Organizations: Bell Aliant, A. M, A. Harris

Geographic location: North America, Newfoundland and Labrador

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Recent comments

    February 23, 2013 - 18:46

    well i would love to me him he dont know me .but he would get a big shock ,but i would hope he would be very happy to know me .i was bron 1963 in marystown .but iam very pround of him .what he has done in his life .keep the good work up .

  • Dave
    February 21, 2013 - 09:16

    Of course it's an expensive, useless, pompous, class-driven office... but 'tis grand to see a mature white guy get ahead for a change.

  • gord
    February 07, 2013 - 22:22

    I'm sure he's a nice guy and all of that but really, it's time to drop all of this play acting and get down to some serious cost control.

  • Marg
    February 06, 2013 - 18:15

    The rich get richer as Lt. Governor.....doing nothing. Obviously, this useless position with its huge house, cars, staff, and humongous piece of land, and total waste of taxpayers' money, is going to stay, so the NL citizens should be able to vote for Lt. Governor. Who the heck does Stephen Harper, or any other previous Prime Minister, know about these people, other than they are wealthy? It''s certainly way overdue for a woman to be in this position.

  • Judi
    February 06, 2013 - 13:55

    I am so disappointed that a woman was not given this position. It's still a male dominated society that we live in and Harper missed the boat on this one. Yesterday evening on CBC, Ted Blades read a list of names of so many accomplished women who have done so much for this province. I feel many of them are not looking for recognition of any kind because, in typical women fashion, they just do what they are passionate about, for that reason only. It would be unfair to mention any one of them, because in their own unique way their contribution has been significant. Surely, it is way past the time that a femal appointee can bring such a fresh perspective to this office. Very disappointing, to say the least.

  • abby
    February 06, 2013 - 09:55

    To begin with, Frank has to learn to STAND when he shakes hands with people, and show an interest in what they are saying.

    • Edmund
      February 06, 2013 - 12:04

      Just goes to show how ignorant and pompous he is. A real hypocrite

  • June Oake
    February 06, 2013 - 08:50

    Congratulations Mr. Frank Fagan! June (Hynes) Oake

  • darrell
    February 05, 2013 - 21:24

    Frank is one of those people that you if you bought him for what he is worth and sold him for what he thinks he is worth, you'd make a whole lot money.

    • Billy
      February 07, 2013 - 00:23

      That is probably the dumbest comment I have ever read. It's no wonder the rest of the country/world thinks that Newfoundlanders are short a few chromosomes. Please don't make any more comments, you are bringing the rest of us down.

  • William Coaker
    February 05, 2013 - 21:15

    Who submitted the second highest bid?

  • Jack Badcock
    February 05, 2013 - 21:10

    Frank you will do a great job. You worked from the botom to the top and all telecom people are proud of you

  • Bob
    February 05, 2013 - 20:54

    What an affront to democracy -Lieutenant Govenors and Senators - who elected these people to these useless positions. Do the honorable thing and not accept the position Fagan.

  • Bob
    February 05, 2013 - 20:45

    What an affront to democracy -Liutenant Govenors and Senators - who elected these people to these useless positions. Do the honorable thing and not accept the position Fagan.

  • St John,s resident
    February 05, 2013 - 19:13

    I like to know why do people who held high profile jobs always get these positions,there is never anyone who just worked a basic job ever get appointed,and there are lots out there who can hold a position like this.The governor should be voted in by the people of Nl and Labrador not Stephen Harper.And why not a woman for the job.

    February 05, 2013 - 18:59

    You mean to tell me that in all of Newfoundland Labrador, we could not find anyone more suited to this job that Frank Fagan? Oh..please, give me a break.

  • congratulations
    February 05, 2013 - 18:37

    I'm sure Mr. Fagan will serve us will, he seems to be a very honest and helpful man.

  • Mark D
    February 05, 2013 - 17:02

    There will be a few drinks poured at the Fagan house tonight!

  • Kent
    February 05, 2013 - 16:03

    Never heard of the man....