Community Farewell for Summerlee Set for June 13

June 04, 2014 - News Release

The University of Guelph will celebrate Alastair Summerlee’s 11 years as president and vice-chancellor during a special event June 13.

The tribute and farewell is free and open to the U of G community and general public.

It will be held on Johnston Green from 3 to 5 p.m., with the formal program beginning at 4 p.m. (rain location is Rozanski Hall).

Maureen Mancuso, provost and vice-president (academic), will serve as emcee, with remarks by Dick Freeborough, chair of the Board of Governors, and Tye Burt, chair of the University’s BetterPlanet Project campaign and former vice-chair of the Board. The event will also include a tribute video.

Parking lots P23 and P24 located off College Avenue will be available for public use that afternoon.

Summerlee will leave office at the end of June as U of G’s longest-serving president.

He became the University’s seventh president – and the first internal candidate named to the post -- in 2003. His second term was extended by a year to coincide with the end of the BetterPlanet Project and the University’s 50th anniversary this year.

A respected scholar, professor, researcher and administrator, Summerlee has received numerous international awards for exceptional teaching, research and humanitarian contributions.

A virtual tribute book has been created. To leave a personal message, visit

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, 519-824-4120, Ext. 53338, or; or Kevin Gonsalves, Ext. 56982, or

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