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Jean-Paul Boudreau named Mount Allison's new president and vice-chancellor

Professor and former chair launched grad programs in psychology and led Faculty of Arts
Category:From the Provost and Vice-President, Academic
March 13, 2018
Jean-Paul Boudreau

Photo: Former dean of arts Jean-Paul Boudreau to be president of Mount Allison University in New Brunswick.

This week, Mount Allison University announced that Jean-Paul Boudreau, special advisor and executive lead for social innovation, has been selected as their 15th president and vice-chancellor, effective June 30, 2018. 

Jean-Paul joined Ryerson 15 years ago and has left his mark on many areas of the university. As chair of psychology at Ryerson, he launched BA (2006), MA (2007), and PhD programs and established Canada’s first interprofessional psychology training clinic within a hospital, at St. Michael’s. As dean of the Faculty of Arts, he launched the university’s first social innovation incubator, Social Ventures Zone, and initiated and led the bid proposal for hosting the 2017 Congress, which became the largest congress in the Federation’s 86-year history.

Most recently as special advisor and executive lead for social innovation, Jean-Paul has infused social innovation and social entrepreneurship into the university’s recognized innovation culture. His efforts on behalf of the university were recently recognized with the 2017 Global Higher Education Institution of the Year Award at the University of Oxford and through the recent renewal of Ryerson University’s designation as an Ashoka Change Maker Campus.

“I would like to acknowledge Jean-Paul for his accomplishments in both the Faculty of Arts and the social ventures arena,” says President Mohamed Lachemi. “He has made a significant contribution to the growth of Ryerson over the years and he will be missed.”

Jean-Paul writes that “Ryerson has given me extraordinary opportunities and I am a stronger academic, administrator, and person as a result of these experiences. While I look forward to this new challenge, I also look back as I have been privileged to enjoy 15 amazing years at Ryerson.”

While he will be missed, we know that this appointment will be particularly meaningful to Jean-Paul, as he will be returning to his native home of New Brunswick.

On behalf of the entire community, I want to congratulate Jean-Paul on his new position and thank him for his important and lasting contributions to Ryerson University.

Michael Benarroch
Provost and Vice-President, Academic

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