Dear Members of the Carleton Community,
It is with pride and pleasure that I share with you the excellent news for Acadia University. Dr. Peter Ricketts has accepted the appointment as President and Vice-Chancellor, commencing his term this summer. We greet this news with regret as we lose a strong member of the Carleton family. Peter arrived at Carleton in 2009, having previously served as Vice-President (Academic and Research) at Nipissing University, Vice-President (Academic) and then President of Okanagan University College, Dean of Graduate Studies, Dalhousie University, and University Research Officer at Saint Mary’s University. A professor of Geography with a specialization in coastal zones and ocean management, he has served as President of the Coastal Zone Canada Association, and was presented with the H.B. Nicholls Award for Coastal Zone Management Achievement in June 2016. He has chaired the Internationalization Leaders Network for the Canadian Bureau on International Education and has served as Director of Ontario Universities International since 2012. He has been a member of the Quality Network for Universities for the Conference Board of Canada, the Academic Affairs Forum of the Educational Advisory Board in Washington, D.C., and has served on numerous committees for the Ontario Council of Academic Vice-Presidents. He received his doctorate from the University of Southampton and his bachelor’s degree, with honours, from the University of Nottingham.
During his term at Carleton University, we have seen academic programs flourish and expand. In particular, the establishment of undergraduate programs in Health Sciences and Global and International Studies have had significant impacts on Carleton’s enrolment growth, and the expansion of our graduate studies has been most impressive. The number of faculty members has expanded, and he spearheaded the development of the new tenure and promotion criteria and procedures in negotiations with CUASA. The Discovery Centre is proof of his creative genius. His support of distance learning, new teaching methods, the improvement of instruction, the use of CU Learn, the iCureus program, the orientation for new faculty, the renovation of classrooms, and the upgrade of technology across the campus was remarkable and steadfast. He has promoted international exchanges and has built bridges with the universities he visited around the world. He contributed to the harmonious atmosphere at the University, working with Deans to promote excellence overall. He was a strong supporter of the leadership initiatives that cut across faculties and eliminated silos.
I know you will join me in wishing Peter continued success in his brilliant career, in applauding his achievements here at Carleton, and in letting him know how much we will all miss him. A search committee will be struck in accordance with the prescribed procedures of the Board of Governors which will be considering an interim appointment.
Roseann O’Reilly Runte
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