The Board of Governors of the University of Ottawa is pleased to announce that Allan Rock's mandate as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University has been extended. The decision was made at the Board's May 28, 2012 meeting, following a broad consultation with members of the University community. The Board adopted Mr. Rock's proposal that his mandate be extended until June 30, 2016.
Appointed in July 2008, Allan Rock has guided the University through a period of change and modernization. Under his leadership, the University has focused on improving the student experience, strengthening bilingualism, intensifying research activity and expanding its international links, while modernizing its internal governance structures.
The Board of Governors is confident that Allan Rock will continue to provide strong leadership as we meet future challenges and implement our strategic plan, Destination 20/20, said Robert Giroux, Chair of the Board of Governors.
I am simply delighted to have the opportunity to continue the important work that is now well underway, said Allan Rock. I am grateful to members of the Board for their continued confidence. I look forward to working with our outstanding leadership team, as we reach towards the ambitious goals we have set for Canada's university.
Allan Rock is the 29th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ottawa. A graduate of the University's Faculty of Law, he practised in Toronto for two decades, becoming one of Canada's leading trial lawyers. He subsequently spent ten years in Parliament, where he occupied senior cabinet portfolios, including attorney general of Canada, minister of health and minister of industry. He left Parliament to serve a term as Canadian ambassador to the United Nations. He joined the University in 2008.
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