Frank Fagan to be province’s new lieutenant governor

Published on February 5, 2013

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.

 

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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