Carleton University announced today the appointment of alumna and accomplished public sector leader and adviser Yaprak Baltacioğlu, as the university’s 12th Chancellor.
“We are very excited to have Ms. Baltacioğlu coming back to our campus,” said Carleton President Benoit-Antoine Bacon. “She is a resilient and purposeful leader who throughout her outstanding and award-winning career has always taken time to mentor many of her colleagues, including young civil servants beginning their careers.”
The appointment embodies Carleton’s strong tradition of appointing accomplished Canadians to this important role.
“Personal integrity is of utmost importance in this role,” said Nik Nanos, chair of Carleton’s Board of Governors. “The chancellor is a champion of the university’s values, and in ceremonies and other public settings, she will inspire our students and foster Carleton pride.”
Baltacioğlu is one of Carleton’s distinguished alumna. She capitalized on her master’s degree from the School of Public Policy and Administration to flourish in the federal civil service. Baltacioğlu held many leadership roles in various ministries and served as an adviser to four prime ministers.
“Carleton’s School of Public Policy and Administration (SSPA) trained me as a generalist,” said Baltacioğlu. “So when I got to the public service, I could learn and do almost anything. When I got my first paycheque, I couldn’t believe they would pay me to have so much fun. I loved it from day one.”
She has been honoured by the Public Policy Forum, and has twice been recognized by the Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. She has been recognized for several honours for significant contributions to the public sector, including the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond and Jubilee medals and the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal.
Prime Minister Trudeau summed up her accomplishments best when he said: “Yaprak Baltacioğlu is one of Canada’s most distinguished, most respected, public servants.”
Bacon paid tribute to outgoing Chancellor, Charles Chi, an entrepreneur, innovator and venture investor who is currently the executive chairman at Lytro. He brought a diverse background in marketing, sales, engineering and executive leadership to Carleton.
Baltacioğlu will begin her duties immediately, with an official installation ceremony to take place at the 2019 spring Convocation.
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