#SAITstory: “I was asked to take the role as Principal for one year. I thought ‘I’ll give it a try,’ but I was pretty sure I wouldn’t want to have that job. You know, being responsible for everything. But I couldn’t believe they had asked me, so that’s why I responded the way I did.
I loved going to work. That’s why I went to work early every morning. My wife, Margaret had to get my breakfast earlier for me, but it was so that when I was going from where I parked the car to the building where the office was, I’d meet hundreds of staff and students. And I never looked back.
I still don’t understand it. My wife didn’t think I was perfect (laughs). I’m not saying that staff thought I was perfect, but they gave me a good life or I wouldn’t have stayed.
At first, I was afraid of, you know, how things can go wrong no matter what you do to fix it, and people can hardly stand you anymore. If that happened, they didn’t let me know ― I didn’t sense it. Gosh, I was there a lot of years.”
Fred Jorgenson, SAIT’s first President
In memory of Fred Charles Jorgenson, May 27, 1923 – June 8, 2016
Fred Jorgenson dedicated 25 years to SAIT, most notably as Principal from 1962 - 1966, and then, as President from 1969 - 1984. He is remembered by peers for his commitment to staff and students as well as his belief in in providing a well-rounded student experience. Some of Jorgenson's greatest accomplishments ― and there were many ― include his leadership in building the first SAIT residence, Owasina Hall as well as the construction of the E. H. Crandell building and the Senator Burns building. During his leadership, Jorgenson made it a priority to know every staff member and student by name.