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ConcordiaNews Concordia appoints Fred Lowy president


n January, Concordia’s Board of Governors voted unanimously to appoint Fred Lowy, LLD 08, as Concordia’s president on an interim basis, beginning February 1. Former president and vice-chancellor Judith Woodsworth stepped down in December. Dr. Lowy served as Concordia’s president and vice-chancellor from 1995 to 2005. He was named President Emeritus the year he left and the university awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2008. “Dr. Lowy’s extensive interest in the university and its culture will assure a smooth transition and provide continuity and stability during the search for a new president,” said Peter Kruyt, chair of Concordia’s Board of Governors. “His experience as a university administrator, his leadership style and his commitment to this institution make him the ideal person to oversee Concordia in the months ahead.” Since leaving the university nearly six years ago, Dr. Lowy has served as interim executive director of the Sauvé Scholars Program (2007-2008) in

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Montreal and was elected to the Sauvé Scholars Foundation board of directors in May 2008. He is senior advisor to the president of the Trudeau Foundation and has been a consultant to universities in Ontario and Quebec. During his Concordia tenure, Dr. Lowy earned a strong reputation for his emphasis on education, research,

Jacques Ménard named Concordia University’s new Chancellor


n January, Concordia welcomed L. Jacques Ménard, L BComm 67, LLD 06, as its new chancellor. Ménard succeeds Chancellor Emeritus David P. O’Brien, L BA 62, who completed his five-year term. Ménard is chairman of BMO Nesbitt Burns and president of BMO Financial Group, Quebec. He sat on the university’s Board of Governors from 1994 to 2000 and was its vice-chair from 1996 to 1999. He was named deputy chancellor in 2009. “The career of

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creative activity and community partnerships. A key element of his mandate this time is to carry on with the implementation of the university’s strategic framework. He will also oversee the process leading up to the launch of a comprehensive campaign. “The university has made great strides in recent years and its prospects for further success have never been better,” Lowy said. “Concordia’s strategic initiatives are well in hand, our projects are on budget and on time and our community engagement activities are flourishing.” In December, the Board announced the departure of Judith Woodsworth. “I am deeply grateful to Judith and wish to recognize her leadership, achievements and commitment over the past two and a half years,” Kruyt said at the time. “Concordia has thrived under her direction, with significant progress and an enhanced reputation on the local, provincial, national and international scenes.” The Board of Governors will soon launch a search for a permanent replacement.

this remarkable business leader has been marked by his extraordinary philanthropy and his commitment to helping society overcome significant problems,” said Peter Kruyt, chair of Concordia’s Board of Governors. Kruyt noted that Ménard helped lead fundraising efforts during the institution’s last capital campaign, from 1996 to 1999. Ménard is a graduate of Collège Ste-Marie, Loyola College and the University of Western Ontario, and has received honorary doctorates from Concordia, Université de Montréal and Université de Sherbrooke. He’s also an Officer of the Order of Canada and Ordre du Québec. (See “Striving to achieve,” next page.)

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Concordia Magazine - Spring 2011  

Concordia Magaine - Spring 2011 issue

Concordia Magazine - Spring 2011  

Concordia Magaine - Spring 2011 issue