To All Members of the Carleton Community,

Photo of Suzanne BlanchardI am pleased to let you know that at its meeting of Dec. 4, 2019, the Carleton Board of Governors approved the renewal of Suzanne Blanchard as Vice-President, (Students and Enrolments) (VPSE). The board was acting on the unanimous recommendation of the VPSE Re-appointment Advisory Committee, which I chaired.

Suzanne’s numerous realizations include fostering continuous enrolment growth during a time of demographic decline, establishing Carleton’s award winning Student Mental Health Framework, an extensive review of Carleton University’s advising services, the implementation of a broad student communications benchmarking initiative, including innovative social media practices, and, most recently, leading a university-wide initiative on the undergraduate student experience that has led to a number of important recommendations to improve student success.

Suzanne graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons). She has worked in the field of post-secondary education since the late 1980s in a variety of positions, including at the Ministry of Colleges and Universities and La Cité collégiale. She came to Carleton initially as Director, Admission Services, and also served as University Registrar and Associate Vice President (Students and Enrolment) before taking on her current role.

The re-appointment process followed a fulsome and transparent process in line with the Board of Governors appointment guidelines. The committee met over the course of the fall and consulted widely with the university community through an online survey. I would like to extend my most sincere thanks to all members of the committee: Debra Alves, Millie Close, Ken Evans, Emily Grant, Oliver Javanpour, Catherine Khordoc, Heather Logan, Dotty Nwakanma, Patrice Smith and Jerry Tomberlin.

Please join me in congratulating Suzanne on her much-deserved re-appointment!


Benoit-Antoine Bacon
President and Vice-Chancellor