Actor Jackson named chancellor of Trent University

Songwriter and activist portrayed Chief Kenidi on "North of 60" for six seasons

Actor, musician and producer Tom Jackson has been appointed the 10th chancellor of Trent University in Peterborough, Ont.

Jackson, who replaces astronaut Roberta Bondar in the position, will serve a three-year term from July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2012.

The Saskatchewan native has recorded 14 albums as a singer and songwriter, but he may be best known as an award-winning actor.

Jackson, who was named an officer of the Order of Canada in 2000, portrayed Chief Peter Kenidi on the TV series “North of 60” for six seasons.

He has also made appearances in such programs as “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Law and Order” and has received numerous awards in recognition of his work in social activism.

– The Canadian Press