GUELPH, ON, Jan. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - Following an international search, the
University of Guelph has appointed Prof. Franco Vaccarino as the
University's eighth president and vice-chancellor.
He will succeed President Alastair Summerlee effective Aug. 15, 2014.
The announcement was made today by Dick Freeborough, chair of the
University's Board of Governors.
Vaccarino is currently principal of the University of Toronto
Scarborough (UTSC) and vice-president at the University of Toronto, a
position he has held since 2007.
"We had an outstanding slate of candidates from Canada and abroad," said
Freeborough, who also chaired the Presidential Selection Committee.
"Professor Vaccarino has had a distinguished academic career and a
proven record in organizational leadership. He is a remarkable scholar
and educator as well as an accomplished administrator. He has an
entrepreneurial spirit, a powerful sense of community and a profound
commitment to societal engagement. He clearly has what it takes to lead
the University in the years to come."
Vaccarino helped UTSC to grow in size and stature, drawing faculty and
students to emerging areas of study and innovative experiential
learning opportunities. He also led a strategic planning process that
provided a strong framework for campus plans and has helped position
UTSC as a key intellectual and cultural hub in the eastern Greater
Among other positions at U of T, he has served as chair of the
Department of Psychology; graduate chair of the tri-campus Graduate
Department of Psychology; and head of the Department of Psychiatry's
He also served as executive vice-president (programs) and vice-president
(research) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and as
vice-president and director of research, Clarke Institute of
Psychiatry, both in Toronto.
Speaking of his appointment at Guelph, Vaccarino said, "I am extremely
proud and humbled to be given the honour, privilege and trust to lead
"Working with a strong community of faculty, students, staff,
administrators, board members and alumni, I look forward to building
upon U of G's strengths and further developing and promoting its
potential for excellence, particularly in food, health, environment and
A widely published and internationally recognized researcher, Vaccarino
has received major awards from leading research and scientific
organizations, including the former Medical Research Council of Canada
and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. His prominence in the
field was recognized by the World Health Organization in his role as
the principal editor of its "Neuroscience of Psychoactive Substance Use
and Dependence" report. His studies of the neurobiology of stress and
motivation are considered a model for bridging the neural and
behavioural sciences. He holds a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto
and an MSc and a PhD in psychology from McGill University.
"I know that the U of G community will join me in welcoming Professor
Vaccarino to campus," Summerlee said.
"He is coming to an incredible place. We have an amazing team of people
here at Guelph, and we all share in every success and challenge. Caring
for this place and its people is imbedded in our culture."
Summerlee will leave office in June as U of G's longest-serving
president. In 2003, he became the first internal candidate to be named
During his tenure, Summerlee has been commended for his leadership and
his contributions have been recognized by a number of national and
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SOURCE: University of Guelph
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