Roseann Runte resigns as Carleton University president

Roseann Runte
Outgoing Carleton University president Roseann Runte

After leading Carleton University for nine years, Roseann Runte is stepping down.

The school announced late Friday afternoon that its board of governors accepted Ms. Runte’s resignation “with regret.”

“Roseann Runte has provided exceptional and stable leadership to the Carleton University community,” said board of governors chairperson Chris Carruthers in a statement. “Because of her leadership, Carleton is stronger than ever and ready to achieve even greater heights in the future.”

The statement said Ms. Runte was leaving to pursue an unspecified “new leadership opportunity.”

Ms. Runte became the first female president in Carleton’s history when she was appointed in 2008 after holding the top post at the Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. She was subsequently reappointed to a second five-year term at Carleton that will be cut short by her resignation, which takes effect July 31.

Several major construction projects were completed under Ms. Runte’s watch, including the River and Canal academic buildings and a new student residence.

As Carleton president, Ms. Runte’s influence extended into the business community through a seat on the board of Invest Ottawa alongside the leaders of the city’s other major post-secondary institutions.