Laurentian University president Dominic Giroux can look back on several accomplishments in 2016, including tens of millions in new government funding and donations for the university, as well as record enrolment, and his personal appointment as vice-chair of Universities Canada from October 2016 to October 2017, and as chair from October 2017 to 2019, among other honours.
Originally appointed as president in 2009, Giroux has seen many of his plans for Laurentian come to fruition, with many parts of an ambitious 2012-2-17 Strategic Plan already implemented.
He has faced his share of challenges, too, such as the tough decision to suspend programs at Laurentian’s Barrie campus earlier this year. Giroux took some time over the holidays to reflect on his near-eight-year tenure as president and the year that was in 2016, and to talk about his future vision for Laurentian University.
1 – We’re drawing near the end of another year, and closer to your eight-year mark as president at Laurentian University. What has the ride been like so far?
It’s been a lot of work, but it has been fun, too. It’s a privilege to lead Laurentian, building on the work of my predecessors. It is hard to believe that eight years have already gone by. I have been fortunate to have exceptional support from the executive team and the board of governors.
When Laurentian launched its 2012-2017 Strategic Plan, the board was eager to see Laurentian be “bold, ambitious, driven,” and I would have to say those words describe the “ride” thus far. I hear from many colleagues across the country that “Laurentian is now in a new league.” It’s nice to see the hard work pay off in such a way. It’s rewarding to see the tangible results of strategic directions developed a few years ago.
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