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Wilfrid Laurier University is pleased to announce that Micheál Kelly has been appointed to a second five-year term as dean of the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics and Gohar Ashoughian has been appointed to a second five-year term as university librarian. Both terms came into effect July 1, 2017.

The appointments were approved earlier this year by the university's Board of Governors.

Micheál Kelly joined Laurier as dean of the School of Business and Economics in July 2012 following a successful career at the University of Ottawa where he was a professor of Strategy and Global Business and a former dean of the Telfer School of Management.

At Laurier, Kelly has put his expertise in strategic alliances to work in advancing the School of Business and Economics on numerous fronts. His many accomplishments over the past five years include the strengthening of alumni and partnership networks in Canada and abroad; playing a lead role in the successful Building Canada's Best Business School fundraising campaign; and helping to secure a $20-million donation from technology entrepreneur and BlackBerry co-founder Mike Lazaridis, which included the creation of the Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises, the opening of the new Lazaridis Hall building on University Avenue, and the renaming of the Laurier School of Business and Economics as the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics.

Kelly continues to be active externally, serving on the boards of directors of Economical Insurance, the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) and Waterloo North Hydro. He was named national spokesperson for the CATA Innovation Leadership Council. He is also a member of the AACSB Initial Accreditation Committee and the ADGA Group's strategic advisory council.

Gohar Ashoughian joined Laurier in August 2012 after holding a number of library leadership positions, including university librarian at the University of Northern British Columbia, associate university librarian, collection services and assessment, at the University of Regina, and manager of library, learning commons and information technology at University of Guelph-Humber.

During her first term at Laurier, Ashoughian led the development of the Library Strategic Plan and the Library Master Space Plan, as well as the library's organizational restructuring. The Strategic Plan, which outlines the vision for a Library, Learning and Culture Commons (LLCC), describes the LLCC as "the place where the university community comes together to access and interact with information and people, generate new ideas, and engage with the great questions of our time."

Ashoughian also oversaw the integration of the Wilfrid Laurier University Press and the Robert Langen Art Gallery into the Library's organizational structure during her first term. Ashoughian has also been active externally, serving as an executive of TriUniversity Group of Libraries and a member of the Ontario Council of University Libraries and the Canadian Research Knowledge Network.

"Laurier's ability to attract and retain academic leaders of the calibre of Micheál Kelly and Gohar Ashoughian reflect the strength and reputation of the university," said Paul Jessop, Laurier's acting vice-president: academic. "I am grateful for their leadership and their many contributions, and I look forward to continue working with them."​​


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