By Dan Rubinstein
Carleton University alumna and distinguished public servant, Yaprak Baltacioğlu, has been appointed as the university’s 12th chancellor, continuing the tradition of accomplished Canadians serving in this important role.
Baltacioğlu earned a master’s degree from Carleton’s School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) in 1989 and went on to fulfil a series of increasingly senior roles in the federal government, including deputy minister posts in the departments of Agriculture and Agri-food and Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, before becoming Secretary of the Treasury Board in 2012
She has been twice recognized by the Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and was recently been honoured by the Public Policy Forum. She has also been recognized for significant contributions to the public sector with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond and Jubilee medals, and the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal.
“SPPA 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.”