News release

Alan Shepard named Concordia University president and vice-chancellor

Alan Shepard
Alan Shepard

Montreal, May 4, 2012 — Concordia University is pleased to announce that the university’s Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Alan Shepard as president and vice-chancellor. He will begin a five-year term on August 1, 2012.

Shepard will come to Concordia from Ryerson University, where he has served as provost and vice-president academic, and chief operating officer since 2007.

“Alan Shepard has left his mark on the academic and administrative leadership at Ryerson, where I know he will be missed,” says Peter Kruyt, chair of Concordia’s Board of Governors. “We were impressed by his strong commitment to building and sustaining academic excellence, and leading initiatives to improve student services, support research and forge partnerships with other institutions.”

Shepard’s other administrative experience includes terms as a department chair and school director in the United States and Canada, and as associate vice-president, academic of the University of Guelph. He is currently chair of the Ontario Council of Academic Vice Presidents and a public member of the strategic planning group of Public Health Ontario. 

Shepard says he is looking forward to connecting with the Concordia community and immersing himself and his family in Quebec’s thriving culture.

“Concordia is a strong institution now, and it has extraordinary opportunities to become a national and international leader in higher education, to refashion the intellectual and physical geography of learning. Truly, I want us to make our own path, to work together to create the best experience we can for students and researchers, to build a great university for learning, teaching, research and creative activity while connecting with the larger community that supports us,” says Shepard.

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