Carleton University’s Board of Governors has reappointed President and Vice-Chancellor Benoit-Antoine Bacon for a second five-year term.

The decision at the June 1, 2021 board meeting followed a unanimous recommendation from the advisory committee tasked with overseeing the renewal process.

“President Bacon has shown exceptional leadership, always emphasizing the university’s core mission of student success, innovative academic programming and excellence in research, all while navigating through governmental funding changes and a global pandemic,” said Board Chair Dan Fortin.

“I have full confidence that under his guidance, Carleton will continue to grow as a leader in higher education and empower those within our community to drive positive impact in the world.”

Bacon began his first five-year term at Carleton on July 1, 2018. He recently received a 2021 Inspiration Award from the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health for his work as a mental health champion.

“I’m honoured to continue to serve the Carleton community at this time of both significant challenge and opportunity for the university,” he said.

In addition to helping the university navigate the biggest public health crisis in a century and the accompanying rapid shift to online learning, Bacon has played a lead role in a number of significant accomplishments during his first three years as president.

They include a record-breaking $86.5 million in external research funding over the past year to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges, including COVID-19, as well as new partnerships with Ericsson, BlackBerry QNX and other companies that are creating cutting-edge research and experiential learning opportunities for students.

He has also overseen expansion at the Carleton campus with the new Advanced Research and Innovation in Smart Environments (ARISE) building – a hub specifically designed for multidisciplinary research partnerships with government and the private sector, and the soon-to-be-completed Nicol Building, a new state-of-the-art home for the Sprott School of Business.

Bacon recognized the need to develop new strategies for a rapidly changing future, driving the development of an ambitious new Strategic Integrated Plan for the university, as well as a new Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, and he is implementing the 41 Calls to Action of Kinàmàgawin, Carleton’s revitalized Indigenous strategy.

About Carleton University:

Located in the nation’s capital, Carleton University is a dynamic research and teaching institution with a tradition of leading change. Its internationally recognized faculty, staff and researchers provide more than 30,000 full- and part-time students from every province and more than 100 countries around the world with academic opportunities in more than 65 programs of study. Carleton’s creative, interdisciplinary and international approach to research has led to many significant discoveries and creative works.

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