Huntington: A Chronology

May 15 2014

Huntington University’s chapel was renamed the “Rev. Dr. Murray Arnill Memorial Chapel” following the chaplain’s passing in April.

October 17 2013

On Thursday, October 17, 2013, Huntington University presented to the public its very own ceremonial mace. The mace by its very nature, symbolically and physically, is a ceremonial symbol that is unique and specific to that of Huntington University itself.

May 2010

Huntington University celebrated its 50th Anniversary and hosted a Convocation ceremony where Gerry Lougheed Jr. was honoured with a Doctorate of Sacred Letters degree. 2010 also witnessed the official opening of The Lougheed Teaching and Learning Centre of Excellence.


Huntington University announced the launch of The Lougheed Teaching and Learning Centre of Excellence in honour of the Lougheed legacy in the Greater Sudbury community.


Dr. Ted Conroy was installed as the Huntington Chancellor at the University’s Fall Convocation, succeeding Rev. Dr. Murray Arnill, who became the University Chaplain.


Rev. Douglas Joblin retired and was succeeded as President by Dr. Kevin McCormick, who was installed at the University’s Fall Convocation.


Huntington/Laurentian signed an articulation agreement that allowed George Brown College students to complete undergraduate degrees at Laurentian in Gerontology. A second agreement signed between Huntington/Laurentian and the Georgian College allowed graduates of Georgian’s Dental Hygiene Program to seek admission to the B.A. (General) in Gerontology.


In 2005, an agreement was signed with Laurentian University that transferred the music program to Laurentian.


Huntington/Laurentian signed two articulation agreements that allowed Cambrian College students to complete undergraduate degrees at Laurentian in Gerontology and Communication Studies.


The Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling, Huntington’s first graduate program, was approved by the Huntington University Senate.


Rev. Douglas Joblin was appointed by the Board of Regents as President of Huntington University.


The four-year Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology was approved at Laurentian.


Rev. Douglas Joblin was appointed Acting President.


The three-year BA in Gerontology was offered in distance education; it was the first (and is still the only) distance program in Gerontology in Canada.


The four-year Bachelor of Arts program in Communication Studies was inaugurated.


President Kenneth MacQueen left to become President of the Vancouver School of Theology. He was succeeded by Rev. Dr. Christopher Levan.


The Centre for the Study of Aging opened.


The three-year Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology was offered at Laurentian University for the first time.


The Certificate program in Gerontology was inaugurated on campus. Subsequently, the Certificate was offered in distance education.


Dr. Kenneth G. MacQueen succeeded Dr. Ludo Winckel as the Huntington President, serving 12 years.


The Huntington Centre for Spirituality and Health opened. It was later renamed the Centre for Holistic Health.


The three-year BA in Religious Studies was offered for the first time in distance education.


The Huntington Conservatory of Music was established to offer private teaching for students in the Sudbury region. (It closed in 2003 after 23 years.)


The four-year Bachelor of Arts program in Music was inaugurated.


The Pastoral Institute of Northern Ontario was inaugurated.


Lautenslager Hall, also known as the Social Centre, was opened. Named after Huntington’s first president, Lautenslager Hall continues to offer recreational facilities for our residence students and is also used for teaching.


Rev. Dr. Ludo J. Winckel became the President, serving 16 years.


Huntington University led the Laurentian federation in offering for the first time distance education courses in Religious Studies.


The J.W. Tate Library opened (named after Joseph Walter Tate, a founding member of the Board of Regents).


Rev. Dr. Emlyn Davies was appointed President, serving until January 1, 1972.


The University’s Buchanan Chapel was dedicated.


The University moved in 1964 from its building in downtown Sudbury to the Laurentian University campus.

The cornerstone for the residence-administration building was laid by Joseph Walter Tate.


Rev. Dr. Lautenslager resigned to become President of Emmanuel College in Toronto. He was succeeded as President by Rev. Dr. Ed Newbery, who served until 1968.


The first class of graduates was in 1963.


The first Huntington Trek was held in the fall of 1961. This annual event for residence students in October became a tradition that continues to the present day.


In 1961, the University had its first two graduates: Mary Conroy and Charles Johnson. The first gowning ceremony was also held.


The Huntington Crest was designed in 1961 by Huntington student Daniel Racicot, who also wrote the words for the Huntington Song (to the tune of “Auld Lang Sang”).


Huntington University was founded in 1960 as a federated university of Laurentian University. The course of study was in Religious Studies and Philosophy. The first president was Rev. Dr. Earl S. Lautenslager, a minister of The United Church of Canada who had played an instrumental role in founding the University