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William Edwin Beckel

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William Edwin Beckel (April 11, 1926 – October 15, 2018) was a Canadian academic and former president of Carleton University in Ottawa and the University of Lethbridge in Alberta. He was an early proponent of the use of television as a university teaching medium. He was born in Kingston, Ontario. Career 1960s and 1970s Beckel, a zoologist, was an early proponent of the use of television as a teaching medium. In 1964 he became the first dean of the University of Toronto-affiliated Scarborough College, which led an experiment in teaching half the courses using TV-only lectures. Beckel was president of the University of Lethbridge from 1971 to 1979. During Beckel's tenure, the university implemented Management Arts, Native American studies and expanded cooperative education. Under Dean Russell Leskiw, the education program became one of the best in Canada. A highlight during Beckel's presidency was the provincial government's approval of the Centre for the Arts, a
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