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New board executive and deans take office

Peter Kruyt

Chair of the Board Peter Kruyt started his one-year term July 1.

At its June 8 meeting, Concordia’s Board of Governors appointed its new executive officers and members. Peter Kruyt, BComm 78, was named chair of the board for a one-year term ending June 30, 2006. Charles G. Cavell, S attendee 68, Rita de Santis, Brian Edwards, L BComm 71, and Jonathan Wener, S BComm 71, were elected for one-year terms as vice-chairs.

The term of Chancellor Eric Molson was extended until December 31, 2005.

Peter Kruyt has been a board member since 2000 and a vice-chair since 2003. He also chaired the University Advancement Committee. He is director and president of Power Technology Investment Corporation, chair of Power Pacific Corporation Ltd., and a director of several other companies. Kruyt’s community involvement has included serving on the advisory board of the business school at Memorial University and the board of the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation.

Rita de Santis has been a board member since 1999 and a vice-chair since 2003. She also chairs Concordia’s Appeals and Ethics committees. She is a partner at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, specializing in international law, mergers and acquisitions, projects and other financing.

Charles Cavell has been on the board since 1999 and a vice-chair since 2003. He sits on the board’s Collective Bargaining and University Advancement committees. Retired from his position as president and CEO of Quebecor World Inc., Cavell serves on the boards of several corporate, educational and charitable institutions.

Brian Edwards has been a board member since 2000. He is founder of one of North America’s most successful electronic commerce companies, BCE Emergis, previously MPACT Immedia. Jonathan Wener has been a board member since 1995. He chairs Concordia’s Real Estate Planning Committee and was a volunteer canvasser for both capital campaigns. He is chairman and CEO of Canderel.

President Lowy, speaking on behalf of the university, thanked outgoing chair Alain Benedetti, L BComm 70, for his strong leadership of the board over the past two years.

New Deans

David Graham

New Dean of Arts and Science David Graham

In August, Concordia welcomed a new dean to the Faculty of Arts and Science, David Graham, for a five-year term. A specialist in early modern French literature with an MA and PhD from the University of Western Ontario and a BA from the University of Saskatchewan, Graham comes to Concordia from Memorial University in Newfoundland, where he was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and also served as head of the Department of French and Spanish. He has also taught at the University of Western Ontario, Royal Military College of Canada and Mount Allison University.

Of the appointment, Concordia Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs, Martin Singer said, “Dr. Graham comes to us with a distinguished scholarly record, a commitment to innovative interdisciplinarity and extensive administrative experience.”

Catherine Wild

Catherine Wild, incoming Dean of Fine Arts

The Faculty of Fine Arts also has a new dean. Catherine Wild, BFA 77, a distinguished studio artist specializing in printmaking, begins her five-year term in September. She has served widely in departmental, faculty and senior administrative capacities at several Canadian universities, as well as Arizona State University. Most recently, she was dean of the Faculty of Foundation Studies at the Ontario College of Art & Design, from 1996 to 2004. Wild also served a five-year term on the Council of Ontario Universities.

President Frederick Lowy, when the appointment was announced in April, said, “Catherine Wild has a strong national reputation as both an arts administrator and a passionate champion of the arts. She understands both the challenges facing fine arts education in Canada today and Concordia’s leading role as a particularly dynamic and thriving faculty. I am confident that she will be a consensus builder, decision-maker, and a thoughtful and energetic Dean of Fine Arts.”

Moving Ahead Academic Plan

In June, Martin Singer, Concordia’s Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs, unveiled the university’s five-year academic plan, Moving Ahead. The document provides an inside look into the Concordia University of the future, including the strategies for achieving our goals and the means for measuring our progress. Below is a letter from Provost Singer to the community and an invitation to read the document online at [pdf]. For those without Internet access who would like to see the document, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (514) 848-2424 ext. 4856 or toll free at 1-888-777-3330.

Martin Singer

Concordia Provost and Vice-President, Academic, Martin Singer. Photo by Christian Fleury

Dear members of the Concordia community,

Moving Ahead
is our five-year academic plan for 2005-2010 and reflects the direction of Concordia’s ongoing academic growth and development. We have developed this plan following an extensive eight-month consultative process. The plan has received the overwhelming endorsement of our four faculty councils and the university Senate and reflects a broad consensus on Concordia’s future. I appreciate the assistance of the professors, staff and students who provided invaluable input into this planning process.

Concordia is certainly a much stronger university than it was only a decade ago. Enrolment has risen to more than 40,000 students overall, comprising undergraduate, graduate, independent and continuing education students. We are enjoying a rejuvenated teaching core as a result of the hiring of more than 450 tenure-track professors over recent years. An ambitious and successful building program is providing students, professors and staff with multiple state-of-the-art facilities, including the Richard J. Renaud Science Complex and our new Communication Studies and Journalism Building on the Loyola Campus and the integrated Engineering and Computer Science and Visual Arts Complex on the Sir George Williams Campus.

We must now build on our remarkable success and become recognized nationally and internationally as one of the leading universities in Canada. The seven challenges of Moving Ahead, building on the strength of our two founding institutions, are:

- improving public awareness of our academic success;
- increasing the complement of fulltime professors to a more appropriate level;
- strengthening graduate studies;
- enhancing students’ learning experience;
- strengthening our research profile;
- expanding our international profile;
- providing cutting-edge research and teaching facilities.

Moving Ahead outlines the strategies that we intend to use to achieve our goals and some of the indicators that have been established to measure our progress. I encourage you to read the document, at [pdf]. Your involvement and contribution are essential if we are to become and to be recognized as a leading Canadian university. We are indeed moving ahead to a very bright future.

With my best wishes for a productive and rejuvenating year,

Martin Singer, Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs

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