New President Appointed to Carleton University

    OTTAWA, Jan. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Dr. Roseann O'Reilly Runte will become the
next President and Vice-Chancellor of Carleton University. Her appointment is
effective July 1, 2008.
    After an exhaustive search process which included input from all
university stakeholders, the University's Board of Governors selected
Dr. Runte, currently President of Old Dominion University in Norfolk,
Virginia. She succeeds Dr. Samy Mahmoud who has been Carleton University's
President and Vice-Chancellor pro tempore since November 2006.
    "It is an honour and a privilege to be asked to serve Carleton University
and its fine academic community," said Dr. Runte. "I look forward to working
with all members of the university to build on the success of the past to
create together a future filled with great promise and achievement. I would
also like to thank the Board for its confidence in me and the members of the
administration, especially the President pro tempore, for their continued
service. I look forward to joining their exciting team at this time in
Carleton's history."
    In announcing the appointment, David Dunn, Chair of the Carleton
University Board of Governors, said: "We are delighted with the choice of
Dr. Runte for Carleton University. We believe she will take the university
forward in many dynamic ways and build on our pillars of research excellence,
innovation and exceptional student experience. She is a superb scholar, an
experienced administrator, and a pragmatic innovator. We are very fortunate to
have found someone with her warmth, experience and ability to lead and inspire
    Dr. Runte (pronounced Run-TAY), is the first woman to hold the position
of President and Vice-Chancellor at Carleton University. The distinguished
scholar is fluently bilingual and the author of five volumes of creative
writing which have been translated into English, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and
Romanian. She has also written extensively on topics ranging from literature
and education to economic and cultural development.
    Mr. Dunn described the search process for a new president as extensive
and far-reaching. "The degree of engagement and the breadth of the search were
significant," he said. "I want to thank the students, staff, faculty and
community members of the search team for their hard work and commitment to
Carleton University."
    Mr. Dunn also took the opportunity to pay warm tribute to the current
university president. "Dr. Mahmoud has graciously agreed to lead the
university until Dr. Runte's appointment takes effect this summer. The debt of
gratitude this university owes to Dr. Mahmoud is enormous. With his
experience, administrative acumen and uncommon good grace, he has skillfully
steered the university through challenging times. We look forward to his
continued leadership and academic contributions."

    About Carleton University

    Carleton University is a dynamic research and learning institution
located in Ottawa, Canada. The University is a national leader in the study of
public affairs and management, and high technology, as well as a leading
innovator in undergraduate education. Carleton University offers outstanding
programs in both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the major
disciplines of the Arts and Social Sciences, Business, Engineering and Design,
Public Affairs, and Science. With more than 24,000 full and part-time students
and over 2,000 faculty and staff, Carleton University has a vibrant work and
learning environment, with close ties to the region's business, cultural,
government, and high technology communities.

    Biographical Notes - Dr. Roseann O'Reilly Runte

    Dr. Roseann O'Reilly Runte (prounounced Run-TAY) is a citizen of both
Canada and the United States. She graduated with a B.A. summa cum laude in
French from the State University of New York and obtained her MA and PhD from
the University of Kansas. After serving at Dalhousie University as Chairperson
of the Department of French and then Assistant Dean in the Faculty of Arts and
Social Science, she was appointed President of l'Université Sainte-Anne in
Nova Scotia, where she served from 1983 to 1988.
    Following this appointment, Dr. Runte became Principal of Glendon College
at York University in Toronto from 1988 to 1994 and then President and
Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University from 1994 to 2001. (Victoria University
in the University of Toronto comprises Victoria College and Emmanuel College.)
In July 2001, Dr. Runte was appointed to Old Dominion University in Virginia
where she is currently serving with distinction.
    Dr. Runte has been awarded the Order of Canada, the French Order of Merit
and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She has also been awarded the
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, the Palmes Académiques and a prize
from the Académie française. In addition, Dr. Runte holds a number of honorary
    During her distinguished career, Dr. Runte has played an active role in
her community. She has served on numerous boards and commissions in both
Canada and the United States. She was President of the Canadian Commission for
UNESCO, President of the Humanities Federation of Canada, and a member of the
advisory board of the National Library of Canada, EXPO 2000 and Associated
Medical Services, an Ontario-based health charity. She was also Chair of the
Board of the Foundation for International Training, a non-profit development
services agency, and Vice-Chair of the Board of the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic
Art in Toronto. Until recently, she also sat on the boards of the Virginia
Advanced Shipbuilding and Carrier Integration Center, the Marine Science
Museum in Virginia, the United Way and the Club of Rome, a global think-tank.

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