COU President to assume new role in Ontario government

    Former COU President to return in interim

    TORONTO, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - Sheldon Levy, Chair of the Council of Ontario
Universities and President of Ryerson University, announced today that Paul C.
Genest, President and CEO of COU, will be leaving his position on August 28,
2009, to take up a new role as Ontario's Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental
Affairs and Associate Secretary of the Cabinet.
    "Over the past two years, Paul has intensified COU's advocacy efforts,
deepened engagement with many different stakeholder, delivered on key
university priorities and strengthened the capacity of the secretariat," said
Levy. "We will miss him but we know that he will continue to make an important
contribution to our province."
    "I feel privileged and grateful to have worked with the outstanding
leaders of Ontario's universities and my dedicated colleagues at the
secretariat, but this new role is an incredible honour and an exciting
opportunity to serve this province and contribute to addressing the challenges
we face," said Genest. "I remain intensely committed to higher education and
will bring the insights gained at COU into my new role."
    Bonnie Patterson, a former President of COU and most recently President
and Vice Chancellor of Trent University, will assume the role of Interim
President of COU. Patterson served as President of COU from 1995 to 1998
before moving on to Trent University, where she left an indelible mark in
leading and promoting the university for the last 11 years while contributing
to the broader sector dialogue provincially and nationally. A search process
for a permanent president will be set in motion at COU expeditiously.

For further information:

For further information: Sheldon Levy, Council Chair & Ryerson
University President, (416) 979-5002,; Paul Genest, President
& CEO, (416) 616-7231,

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