University of Calgary

Interim president named

November 10, 2009

Warren Veale appointed interim president


Warren Veale was one of the Faculty of Medicine’s founding faculty members.
/ Photo: Dave Brown
Warren Veale has been appointed interim president of the University of Calgary. In an email to staff, Board of Governors Chair Jack Perraton announced that Veale, a former dean and longtime university faculty member, will assume the role effective Jan. 1, 2010. The decision was made Monday afternoon by the Board of Governors.

“Veale’s experiences on campus as well as his involvement and connection to the community make him well-suited to assume the leadership of the university,” said Perraton. “He is a respected scholar with a reputation for strong leadership and a proven ability to build solid relationships with students, faculty and staff.

Veale is a professor emeritus and has worked in three faculties. He was one of the founding faculty members of the Faculty of Medicine. For six years, he served as associate dean of that faculty and then for 10 years as head of the Department of Medicine Physiology and Biophysics. Veale also served as dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology for 10 years before becoming associate dean of the same faculty for four years and associate dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies for two years. He then held the position of dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and associate vice-president (graduate and post-degree programs) for four years.

Veale has more recently provided interim leadership to the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy (ISEEE) and also played a leadership role in the first phase of the iS2 Project.

Veale is a well-published scientist and is internationally recognized for his research contributions to the understanding of various aspects of brain function. He is a past vice-president of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, a recipient of the Commemorative Medal of Canada, the Alberta Achievement Award for Excellence in Medical Research and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the highest honour that can be attained by a scientist in Canada.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba, followed by his Master of Science and PhD at Purdue University.

Veale’s appointment will continue until a new president is appointed.

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