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Dr. Roseann Runte was announced as the new president of Carleton University yesterday. Runte, who replaces interim president Dr. Samy Mahmoud, is the first woman to hold the post at Carleton.

Carleton University executives are banking on the third time being the charm in announcing their new president and vice-chancellor yesterday.

The third president in 14 months, Dr. Roseann Runte also becomes the first woman to lead Carleton after she was named the university’s new president yesterday.

As of July 1, Runte will replace interim president Dr. Samy Mahmoud, who replaced David Atkinson after his sudden departure in November 2006 after serving for only 15 months. But Carleton chancellor Marc Garneau didn’t see the turnover as anything different than what goes on at other universities. “We’re just thrilled to have her,” he said.

The hundreds of people who attended the announcement at the university yesterday was “indicative of how important this is to life at this university,” Garneau said.

“I think our presidential search committee has chosen well.”

“It is an honour and a privilege to be asked to serve Carleton University and its fine academic community,” said Runte.

The past president of l’Université Saint-Anne in Nova Scotia, principal of Glendon College at York University in Toronto and president and vice-chancellor of Victoria University at the University of Toronto, Runte is currently president of the Old Dominion University in Virginia.

In addition to several honorary degrees, Runte has been awarded the Order of Canada, the French Order of Merit, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

“We believe she will take the university forward in many dynamic ways,” said David Dunn, chairman of the Carleton University Board of Governors.

Pulling out the stops

  • The search for the new president was a yearlong effort that involved staff and students, advertisements and even the creation of a website and Facebook site.

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