Concordia University appoints Dr. Frederick H. Lowy President for an interim period

Dr. Lowy to take up his new post in the coming days

MONTREAL, Jan. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Concordia University's Board of Governors has voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Frederick H. Lowy as Concordia's President on an interim basis. He is expected to take up his post in the coming days.

"Dr. Lowy's extensive interest in the university and its culture will assure a smooth transition and provide continuity and stability during the search for a new president," says Peter Kruyt, Chair of Concordia's Board of Governors. "His experience as a university administrator, his leadership style and his commitment to this institution make him the ideal person to oversee Concordia in the months ahead."

Building on excellence in education, research, creative activity and community partnerships is something that Dr. Lowy is known for and he will continue to support this mission of the university. A key element of his mandate is to carry on with the implementation of the university's Strategic Framework. He will also oversee the process leading up to the launch of a capital campaign.

Dr. Lowy has already begun to meet with Concordia faculty, staff, students and Board members to understand their experiences and concerns. He will lead efforts to strengthen the Board's working relationship with the Senior Administration and the Concordia community and will make recommendations to the Board in this regard. 

"The university has made great strides in recent years and its prospects for further success have never been better," says Lowy. "Concordia's strategic initiatives are well in hand, our projects are on budget and on time, and our community engagement activities are flourishing."

An experienced educator and academic administrator, Dr. Lowy was President and Vice-Chancellor of Concordia University from 1995 to 2005. The university awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2008. He served as Interim Executive Director of the Sauvé Scholars Program (2007-2008) and was elected to the Board of Directors of the Sauvé Scholars Foundation in May 2008. He is Senior Advisor to the President of the Trudeau Foundation.

Dr. Lowy has acted as a consultant to universities in Ontario and Quebec. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, as well as a member of the President's Advisory Committee at the Jewish General Hospital. He also serves on the boards of a number of charitable foundations. 

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Fiona Downey
Media Relations Advisor
Concordia University
Tel.: 514-848-2424 ext. 2518
Cell.: 514-518-3336

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