University of Windsor Names Wildeman President

February 12, 2008 - News Release

Alan Wildeman, the University of Guelph's vice-president (research), has been appointed the sixth president and vice-chancellor of the University of Windsor. His five-year term begins July 1.

"Alan is a valued friend and colleague who has contributed great leadership, innovative research and excellent teaching to this University for more than 20 years," said president Alastair Summerlee.

"Although we are sorry to see him go, Alan is leaving us to accept a challenging and prestigious appointment. I know the entire Guelph community will join me in wishing him the best of luck in his new position."

Summerlee commended Wildeman for his dedication to U of G, especially his commitment to advancing research initiatives; to networking with the provincial and federal governments and industry; and to fostering innovation in faculty, staff and students.

"The University has experienced major growth in its research activities during Alan's tenure," said Summerlee. "And his strong leadership and guidance in facilitating this growth while also managing a highly complex research portfolio have played a major role in our success."

The Office of Research mandate includes managing some $149 million in annual research funding. Wildeman was first appointed VP research in 2001 and was reappointed in April 2007. During this time, U of G was named Canada's No. 1 comprehensive research university four times and was listed as the top comprehensive university for six straight years in the annual ATop 50 Research Universities list.

Wildeman joined U of G in 1985 as a faculty member in the then Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. He has held a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Industrial Research Chair in biotechnology, was director of the Food System Biotechnology Centre and was Guelph's lead participant in the original Ontario Genome Project.

"The University of Guelph has been a part of my life for a very long time, and as an alumnus, it will continue to be so," Wildeman said. "I have worked with scholars — faculty, staff and students — from all corners of our university and never cease to be amazed at their creativity. Our reputation is because of them. I am equally proud of all the people who work in support of research and laboratory services, and of the many ways their dedication contributes to the success of the University.

"Although the departure from Guelph is very significant for me, I am truly excited about the opportunities ahead at the University of Windsor. It's a vibrant university in a city that also cares deeply about its post-secondary institutions."

Summerlee said he will ask Senate to begin the process of searching for a new vice-president (research) and expects to appoint an interim vice-president shortly.

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