Carleton University appoints Alastair Summerlee as new interim president

Alastair Summerlee
Alastair Summerlee

Carleton University has appointed Alastair Summerlee as the school’s interim president and vice-chancellor.

Summerlee will replace former president Roseann Runte, who resigned in March to take on a new position leading the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

He served as president and vice-chancellor of the University of Guelph from 2003 to 2014 after an academic career in biomedical sciences. Summerlee will be the school’s 14th president and will start August 1.

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“Alastair Summerlee is a seasoned university president and a scholar who has a proven track record having served two full terms as president and vice-chancellor at the University of Guelph,” said Chris Carruthers, chair of the Board of Governors, in a statement.

“His leadership experience, combined with his commitment to social justice and international development, will bring great value to the Carleton community.”

The appointment comes less than a month after Sprott School of Business dean Jerry Tomberlin was named Carleton’s interim provost.

This article originally appeared in Metro News.

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