Interim President to be named in the coming weeks
MONTREAL, Dec. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The Board of Governors of Concordia
University announced today that, for personal reasons, Dr. Judith
Woodsworth will be stepping down as President and Vice-Chancellor of
Concordia University as of December 22, 2010.
"I am deeply grateful to Judith and wish to recognize her leadership,
achievements, and commitment over the past two and a half years," said
Peter Kruyt, Chair of the University's Board of Governors. "Concordia
has thrived under her direction, with significant progress and an
enhanced reputation on the local, provincial, national and
During Dr. Woodsworth's administration, Concordia adopted its first-ever
strategic framework following an intensive year of public consultations
via town halls, world-cafés, Presidential panels and other
discussions. The plan reaffirmed Concordia's strategic commitments to
academic quality, an outstanding student experience and community
engagement, along with actions to enhance communications and
Dr. Woodsworth leaves Concordia as one of the province's only
universities with a balanced annual budget and with one of the smallest
accumulated deficits. Her efforts on behalf of Quartier Concordia have
transformed the university's footprint and have revitalized the
neighbourhood. Both campuses have been abuzz with new construction,
including the John Molson School of Business Building, as well as
Loyola's Stinger Dome and the current Knowledge Infrastructure Program
projects, which have all been completed or are on their way to
completion on time and on budget.
Since her arrival, Dr. Woodsworth has made several trips overseas,
travelling primarily with official government-led missions for purposes
of promoting Québec education, forging educational partnerships and
research links and recruiting students. The results have been
outstanding for Concordia.
She has taken advantage of professional travel to meet with hundreds of
alumni worldwide: in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Mumbai. She has
toured North American alumni chapters in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary,
Washington, Boston, New York, Toronto and Ottawa - often sending
"travel diaries" to post on her web site to give Concordians back home
a flavour for the keen interest the alumni in far-flung places still
have in their alma mater. She met with countless donors, prospective
donors and friends of the university, in preparation for a major fund
raising campaign, and was instrumental in securing or setting the stage
for obtaining a number of important gifts.
Dr. Woodsworth loved the students, and got to know many of them despite
the sheer size of the student body. She was approachable, and was
indeed approached in the library, in Le Gym, in elevators and hallways,
in coffee shops around the campus and even out on the street.
Convocation was her favourite time of year, and she exuded her
characteristic warmth as every student crossed the stage.
Dr. Woodsworth and her husband, Lindsay Crysler, former director of the
Journalism department at Concordia, were avid Stingers fans. They made
themselves available on evenings and weekends, whenever possible, to
attend men's and women's hockey, basketball, baseball, football, and
rugby games. They most recently made a special trip to cheer for our
women's rugby team who played for gold at the CIS championship in
"It was an honour to have been recruited back to the university where I
started my career 30 years ago, and to have served at its helm, if only
for a short time," President Woodsworth said. "I wish Concordia well
and will, in particular, follow the progress of its staff, faculty and
students with great interest. I am very proud of what we have achieved
in the last while, and I very much appreciate the efforts and support
of the internal and external community."
Mr. Kruyt added: "Dr. Woodsworth will be welcomed back to the Faculty
should she avail herself of that option."
Over the holiday period, Me Bram Freedman, Vice-President, External
Relations and Secretary-General, will serve as Acting President, while
an interim President will be named in January. The Board of Governors
will, in due course, launch a search for a permanent replacement.
SOURCE CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY
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