New President Appointed


Dr. Roseann O’Reilly Runte


Dr. Marc Garneau


David Dunn


Carleton Students:
Melanson and Howlett

(Ottawa) – Dr. Roseann O’Reilly Runte will become the next President and Vice-Chancellor of Carleton University. Her appointment is effective July 1, 2008.

After an exhaustive search process which included input from all university stakeholders, the University’s Board of Governors selected Dr. Runte, currently President of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She succeeds Dr. Samy Mahmoud who has been Carleton University’s President and Vice-Chancellor pro tempore since November 2006.

“It is an honour and a privilege to be asked to serve Carleton University and its fine academic community,” said Dr. Runte. “I look forward to working with all members of the university to build on the success of the past to create together a future filled with great promise and achievement. I would also like to thank the Board for its confidence in me and the members of the administration, especially the President pro tempore , for their continued service. I look forward to joining their exciting team at this time in Carleton’s history.”

In announcing the appointment, David Dunn, Chair of the Carleton University Board of Governors, said: “We are delighted with the choice of Dr. Runte for Carleton University. We believe she will take the university forward in many dynamic ways and build on our pillars of research excellence, innovation and exceptional student experience. She is a superb scholar, an experienced administrator, and a pragmatic innovator. We are very fortunate to have found someone with her warmth, experience and ability to lead and inspire others.”

Dr. Runte (pronounced Run-TAY), is the first woman to hold the position of President and Vice-Chancellor at Carleton University. The distinguished scholar is fluently bilingual and the author of five volumes of creative writing which have been translated into English, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Romanian. She has also written extensively on topics ranging from literature and education to economic and cultural development.

Mr. Dunn described the search process for a new president as extensive and far-reaching. “The degree of engagement and the breadth of the search were significant,” he said. “I want to thank the students, staff, faculty and community members of the search team for their hard work and commitment to Carleton University.”

Mr. Dunn also took the opportunity to pay warm tribute to the current university president. “Dr. Mahmoud has graciously agreed to lead the university until Dr. Runte’s appointment takes effect this summer. The debt of gratitude this university owes to Dr. Mahmoud is enormous. With his experience, administrative acumen and uncommon good grace, he has skillfully steered the university through challenging times. We look forward to his continued leadership and academic contributions.”

About Carleton University

Carleton University is a dynamic research and learning institution located in Ottawa, Canada. The University is a national leader in the study of public affairs and management, and high technology, as well as a leading innovator in undergraduate education. Carleton University offers outstanding programs in both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the major disciplines of the Arts and Social Sciences, Business, Engineering and Design, Public Affairs, and Science. With more than 24,000 full and part-time students and over 2,000 faculty and staff, Carleton University has a vibrant work and learning environment, with close ties to the region’s business, cultural, government, and high technology communities.


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