President James Downey announces retirement from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario

    TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - Dr. James Downey has announced that he will not
seek re-appointment as president of the Higher Education Quality Council of
Ontario (HEQCO) at the end of his term this year.
    As HEQCO's founding president, Downey effectively guided the Council
through its start-up phase, assembled a first-rate staff, oversaw the
development of the Council's ambitious research agenda and established
constructive relations with the higher education community.
    Downey was able to draw upon his extensive experience of higher education
in Ontario, Canada and the Commonwealth. That experience included three
university presidencies (Carleton, New Brunswick and Waterloo), and terms as
chair of the Council of Ontario Universities and the Association of
Commonwealth Universities.
    Speaking for the Council's board of directors, its chair, the Honourable
Frank Iacobucci said, "We are grateful for Jim's many contributions to the
organization. Jim has been a pleasure to work with and while we would prefer
that he stayed on, we understand his decision to spend more time with his
family and wish him well in the future."
    "I feel honoured to have had the opportunity to play a part in the
creation of such a unique and essential agency, one devoted to conducting
research into all vital aspects of postsecondary education and providing
evidence-based policy advice to the government," said Downey.
    The search for a new president will begin immediately. Dr. Downey will
stay on until his successor is able to take office.

    About the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario

    The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario is an arm's-length agency
of the Government of Ontario dedicated to ensuring the continued improvement
of the postsecondary education system. The Council was created through the
Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario Act, 2005. It is mandated to
conduct research, evaluate the postsecondary education system, and provide
policy recommendations to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
with a view to enhance the quality, access, and accountability of Ontario's
higher education system.

For further information:

For further information: Jeff Rohrer, Communications Manager, Higher
Education Quality Council of Ontario, (416) 212-5242,;

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