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Campus Bulletin

March 12, 2007

Alan Shepard to Become Provost at Ryerson

Alan Shepard, the University of Guelph’s associate vice-president (academic), has been appointed provost and vice-president academic at Ryerson University. The appointment is effective July 1.

“This is a tremendous gain for Ryerson, but a loss for the University of Guelph,” says provost Maureen Mancuso. “We are sorry to see Alan go, but excited for him. This is a prestigious appointment, which is a positive reflection both of our University and of Alan’s accomplishments as AVPA. We wish him great success in his new position.”

Mancuso commended Shepard for his passion for education and commitment to students and colleagues, as well as his achievements as AVPA. “Most notable is his work on the 21st-Century Curriculum Committee.”

Shepard joined U of G in 2002 as a professor and director of the School of English and Theatre Studies (SETS). He was appointed AVPA in June 2005.

“It’s going to be very hard to leave Guelph,” Shepard says. “This University is truly committed to providing students with an enriching learning experience, and I have worked with some incredible people. In particular, I want to thank the College of Arts and SETS, which welcomed me so warmly, and the dedicated members of the 21st Century committee.”

Before moving to Guelph, Shepard was on the faculty of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, where he chaired the English department. His academic interests include early modern literature, contemporary theatre, and the teaching of writing, academic ethics and curriculum development. He received a bachelor of arts degree from St. Olaf College and a PhD in English from the University of Virginia.

Mancuso will be appointing an acting AVPA later this month.

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