Judith Woodsworth named new Concordia President and Vice-Chancellor


    MONTREAL, Feb. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - Concordia University is proud to
announce the appointment of Judith Woodsworth as Concordia's President and
Vice-Chancellor for a term beginning on August 1, 2008 and ending on June 30,
2013.
    "The Advisory Search Committee was pleased to unanimously recommend to
the Board, with confidence and enthusiasm, the appointment of Dr. Woodsworth
as President and Vice-Chancellor of Concordia University," said Chairman of
the Board of Governors and Chair of the Advisory Search Committee, Peter
Kruyt.
    A longtime Concordian, Dr. Woodsworth was born in Paris, France, but grew
up in Winnipeg and won a scholarship to McGill University, where she received
a B.A. in French and Philosophy. She earned a Licence ès Lettres from the
Université de Strasbourg in France, and a PhD in French Literature from
McGill. Her full-time academic career began in 1980 when she joined the
Département d'études françaises at Concordia University. Over the next 17
years, she held various administrative positions at Concordia, including
program director, assistant dean in the Humanities Division, department chair
and vice-dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Prior to joining Laurentian,
she was Vice-President (Academic) at Mount Saint Vincent University in
Halifax, for five years. She has been President of Laurentian University since
July, 2002
    "Like Laurentian, Concordia has also grown tremendously in the last
decade and has taken its place in this great University City of Montreal,"
added Kruyt. "The financial restraints however, of all Quebec Universities
makes good planning an essential component of prudent oversight and
Dr Woodsworth has a solid track record in this regard."
    Comfortable in her roles as both an administrator and scholar,
Dr. Woodsworth's research and publications are in the areas of French
literature and translation. In 1991, Dr. Woodsworth was inducted as an Officer
in the Ordre de la Pléiade, Ordre de la Francophonie et du dialogue des
cultures, for her contributions to the promotion of the French language and
intercultural relations; in 2002, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II
Jubilee Medal.



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