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President David Barnard re-appointed for another term
Posted Monday, November 28, 2011 10:53 AM
Dr. David T. Barnard will lead the University of Manitoba through 2018 following his re-appointment this month as President and Vice Chancellor by the Board of Governors (BOG) and the resounding endorsement of the 10-member presidential review committee.

“Dr. Barnard has made great contributions since joining the University of Manitoba in 2008. He has shown generous and innovative leadership as he has successfully raised the profile of the university and enhanced its community engagement,” said Jan Lederman, chair of the Board of Governors and chair of the presidential review committee. “I look forward to Dr. Barnard’s continued leadership over the years to come as we build an even stronger University of Manitoba.”

Barnard’s re-appointment to a second five-year term was announced Nov. 16 and comes in year three of his first term. The review process was completed ahead of schedule to ensure continuity of strong, stable leadership.

“The university is at a critical phase in its building projects as well as important initiatives such as ROSE (Resource Optimization and Services Enhancement Project),” said Pat Bovey, BOG vice-chair. “It was important to complete the review now so that work can continue. David is very good at working to develop creative solutions and taking on difficult challenges.”

The university is in the midst of implementing its strategic planning framework focusing on enhancing teaching and research strengths, ensuring the university continues to provide an outstanding student experience, leading the way in making Winnipeg a centre of excellence in Indigenous education and prevailing as an outstanding workplace.

“David has shown a deep understanding of Winnipeg and the importance of the University of Manitoba in our community and its culture,” said Jim Carr, president of the Business Council of Manitoba. “His eclectic set of skills provides an apt metaphor for what a university can and should be.”

In addition, the U of M is undergoing a dramatic physical transformation in places where we work, learn, study and play as a result of Project Domino. Highlights include the completion of Pembina Hall residence and ARTLab as well as the construction of the Taché Arts Project, a new football stadium and the new Active Living Centre.

Camilla Tapp, president of the University of Manitoba Students’ Union, is looking forward to seeing the implementation of Barnard’s plan, especially building an even stronger student experience at the U of M.
“I think a strong working relationship with UMSU is very important and we have that with Dr. Barnard,” said Tapp. “He is warm, willing to engage in conversation, and he is very honest.”

Tapp sat on the review committee that represented a cross section of the university community, and included faculty, support staff and board members.

The committee conducted a rigorous four-month review consistent with past practice at the U of M and best practice followed at other Canadian universities.
“I am honoured and humbled by this opportunity to lead this university through a process of exciting transformation,” said Dr. Barnard. “Every day, I am inspired by the talent and dedication of our students, faculty and support staff. With their help and support, we will continue to accomplish great things together for the University of Manitoba and the community, province and country it serves.”

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