WATERLOO, ON, June 3, 2013 /CNW/ - The board of the Balsillie School of
International Affairs (BSIA) today announced the appointment of
Professor John Ravenhill as director of the school.
Professor Ravenhill is the first externally appointed director of the
BSIA. He will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the
school and the leadership of BSIA's world-class research in
international affairs. He joins from the Australian National University
where he is currently Head of the School of Politics and International
Relations in the Research School of Social Sciences.
"Professor Ravenhill is an internationally renowned political scientist
who brings immense experience to the Balsillie School of International
Affairs," said Deborah MacLatchy, vice-president academic & provost at
Wilfrid Laurier University and chair of the director search committee.
"His combination of administrative, scholarly and outreach experience
makes him the ideal choice to lead the School in support of its
continued development as a centre of excellence in global governance."
"I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead the Balsillie School in
the next phase of its development," Professor Ravenhill said. "In the
brief period since its foundation, the School has made enormous
progress towards establishing itself as a leading international centre
for research and teaching on international affairs. The School is
well-placed to realize its full potential, building on the unique
partnership between a leading think tank and two excellent
universities, its world-class faculty, and marvelous physical
Prior to his current role, Professor Ravenhill served as the Chair of
Politics at the University of Edinburgh, Associate Professor at the
University of Sydney, and Assistant Professor at the University of
Virginia. He has also been a Visiting Professor at S. Rajaratnam School
of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in
Singapore, the University of Geneva, the International University of
Japan, and at the University of California, Berkeley.
Professor Ravenhill has been a consultant for the World Bank, the US
Department of State, and the Korean Development Institute.
As a hub in a global network of scholars, practitioners, and students,
BSIA aims to develop new solutions to humanity's critical problems,
improve global governance now and in the future, and enhance the
quality of people's lives around the world. Founded in 2007, it is an
equal collaboration among The Centre for International Governance
Innovation, the University of Waterloo, and Wilfrid Laurier University.
Professor Ravenhill will be appointed to the Faculty of Arts at the
University of Waterloo and serve full-time as director of the BSIA for
five years. He will take up his position on September 1, 2013.
The current BSIA director, Professor David Welch, will serve until the
end of his current appointment term, which ends on June 30. Terrence
Levesque, BSIA associate director and professor of economics at
Laurier, will be acting director from July 1 to September 1.
SOURCE: Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA)
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