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Interim dean of Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research named

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May 19/05

On July 1, 2005 Adele Reinhartz, dean of Laurier's Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is moving to the University of Ottawa to assume the position of Associate Vice-President, Research.

In the past three years, Reinhartz has assisted in the development of numerous new graduate programs  including Masters programs in Financial Mathematics, Kinesiology, International Public Policy, a PhD in Business as  well as a new aboriginal stream in Social Work.

Reinhartz also played a key role in the aquisition of several Canada Research Chairs, a significant rise in research  funding, and increased student success in graduate funding.

Taking over from Reinhartz, on an interim basis, is Laurier's own David Peirson, currently the Associate Dean of Science.

Peirson, whose term as interim dean is set to continue until June 30 2006, has been at Laurier for more than 30 years, serving as a faculty member in Biology (focusing on Botany, with a particular recent interest in multimedia  teaching and learning materials for botanists) and holding a variety of administrative positions.

Peirson's focus for his term (July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006) will be research.

"Over the past few years, Laurier has experienced tremendous growth in the area of research and funding and my goal is to maintain that trend." says Peirson.

Nick Coady, current Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research, will continue in his role, but his involvement in the area of graduate program development will increase.

Sue Horton, Laurier's Vice-President: Academic is pleased with the faculty's leadership.

"We're gratified that David Peirson has agreed to step into this position. His familiarity with Laurier, strength in  research and experience in administration will provide good continuity in our quest to increase the importance and  visibility of research at the university.

Together with Nick, David will be able to provide the attention needed in areas that are increasing in importance  both within the changing post-secondary environment and this university's strategic plans."

Reinhartz will be missed for her contributions and Laurier wishes her luck in her new position.

Tony Frost
Public Affairs

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