Rooted in life at Laurier, faculty member takes on presidential role

Dr. Deborah MacLatchy, Wilfrid Laurier University president
Dr. Deborah MacLatchy, Wilfrid Laurier University president

Wilfrid Laurier University’s new president has a long history with the school.

Dr. Deborah MacLatchy is new to her role as president, but has previously served as dean of science and most recently was Laurier’s provost and vice-president academic, The Waterloo Record reported.

“I've spent the last 10 years at Laurier in various positions and being president is one more amazing opportunity for me to continue working on behalf of the university," Dr. MacLatchy told the Waterloo Record.

Dr. MacLatchy is a respected academic. “[She] is an an accomplished scientist with outstanding administrative experience. Her passion for Laurier and her deep understanding of the post-secondary environment in Ontario and Canada will provide the university with vision, exceptional leadership and valuable continuity,” states John Bowey, chair of the university's board of governors.

Dr. MacLatchy has published more than 80 peer-reviewed, academic publications. Her undergraduate degree in biology from Acadia University and a PhD in zoology from University of Manitoba. Dr. MacLatchy is the second female president in the history of Wilfrid Laurier University.

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