Summerlee's Term Extended

January 19, 2011 - Campus Bulletin

The University of Guelph's Board of Governors has unanimously voted to extend president Alastair Summerlee's second term in office by 12 months to June 30, 2014.

The decision was announced today by Evan Siddall, chair of U of G's Board of Governors. The goal is to align the completion of Summerlee’s presidential term with the culmination of both the BetterPlanet Project and the University’s 50th anniversary in 2014.

“Dr. Summerlee is doing an excellent job of leading this university, and he will play an instrumental role in achieving these milestones,” Siddall said.

The BetterPlanet Project, launched last fall, spells out a vision of what the University wants to accomplish and a strategy for accelerating innovation. It aims to raise $200 million by 2014, when U of G will celebrate its 50th anniversary.

“I am delighted that I will be able to see these two important initiatives through to fruition,” Summerlee said. “It’s an honour and a privilege to lead this university, and I am grateful that the board and U of G community entrust me with this responsibility.”

Summerlee was named U of G’s seventh president in 2003. It was the first time in U of G’s history that an internal candidate was named president. He is currently in his second term.

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