Ryerson University installs Mohamed Lachemi as 9th President and Vice-Chancellor

TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2016 /CNW/ - Ryerson University is pleased to announce the installation of 9th President and Vice-Chancellor, Mohamed Lachemi. President Lachemi was formally endowed with the powers and responsibilities of office earlier today at a ceremony on campus.

Members of the Ryerson community were on hand to celebrate and to offer remarks of congratulations and welcome to the incoming President.

In his speech, President Lachemi outlined his vision for Ryerson's future noting, "Ryerson will become the destination of choice for creative and original thinkers, innovators and partners, dreamers and people of action."

He also announced the creation of a new fund to improve access to post-secondary education at Ryerson. "We know that post-secondary education transforms lives. This fall, I will begin reaching out to donors to create a new fund to help ensure that education opens the door for others just as it did for me. To help us ensure access for those in greatest need, including international students and Canada's Aboriginal youth."

President Lachemi joined the Ryerson community as a professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science in 1998. He went on to hold progressively senior roles within university including the Dean of The Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science and most recently, Provost and Vice President, Academic during which time he led the creation of the university's current academic plan, Our Time to Lead.

An award winning teacher, mentor, and researcher, President Lachemi is well known for his pioneering research in high-performance materials and advanced technologies to mitigate the effects of built structures on the environment; he held a Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Construction from 2002-10.

The full text of President Lachemi's installation speech can be found on the Ryerson University website here.

Ryerson University is Canada's leader in innovative, career-oriented education and a university clearly on the move. With a mission to serve societal need, and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community, Ryerson offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs. Distinctly urban, culturally diverse and inclusive, the university is home to more than 41,500 students, including 2,400 master's and PhD students, 3,200 faculty and staff, and nearly 170,000 alumni worldwide. Research at Ryerson is on a trajectory of success and growth: externally funded research has doubled in the past five years. The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada's leading provider of university-based adult education. For more information, visit www.ryerson.ca.

If you require this in another format, please contact Ryerson University Public Affairs at 416-979-5000 x 7134.

SOURCE Ryerson University

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For further information: MEDIA CONTACT: Johanna VanderMaas, Public Affairs, Ryerson University, Office: 416-979-5000 x 4630, johanna.vandermaas@ryerson.ca, @RyersonU

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