Canada's Dodge to become university chancellor

Fri May 2, 2008 11:17am EDT
 
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Former Bank of Canada Governor David Dodge will become the new chancellor of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, the university announced on Friday.

Dodge, who stepped down on January 31 after a seven-year stint as central bank chief, received his undergraduate degree from Queen's and taught economics there for several years before going to work for the government.

"We warmly welcome David Dodge home to his alma mater after a brilliant career in the public service," William Young, chairman of the university's Board of Trustees, said in a statement.

The appointment will become effective July 1. Dodge will replace former TD Bank head Charles Baillie, who is retiring as chancellor after six years.

Dodge held numerous academic posts early on in his career and then served as deputy minister of finance and deputy minister of health before crossing over to the Bank of Canada.

The chancellor acts as an ambassador for the university, confers degrees and chairs meetings of the university council -- one of the governing bodies of the university.

(Reporting by Louise Egan; Editing by Peter Galloway)