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Wilfrid Laurier University names Deborah MacLatchy new president

Last Updated Jan 11, 2017 at 11:29 am EST

Courtesy of WLU.

Wilfrid Laurier University has named scientist, researcher, teacher and former Dean of Science Deborah MacLatchy the seventh president of the University.

MacLatchy has been Laurier’s provost and vice-president: academic for the past eight years, and will be taking over as president on July 1, 2017 to begin a five year term.

She will take over for former president Max Blouw whose second five year term will come to an end on June 30, 2017.

“I am privileged and honoured to be entrusted with this exciting role,” MacLatchy says. “Laurier is a remarkable university with a long history of academic excellence, passionate student engagement and a vibrant sense of community. I look forward to working with all of Laurier — students, faculty, staff, alumni, partners, donors and friends — as we continue to build on the university’s terrific reputation for teaching, research, community outreach, student experience, graduate programming, and inclusivity.”

MacLatchy has an honours B.Sc. in biology from Acadia University, a PhD in zoology from the University of Manitoba, with extensive research, teaching and initiative backgrounds from several Universities including Wilfrid Laurier.