McGill appoints francophone principal
McGill University, Montreal's pre-eminent anglophone institution, will have a francophone principal for the first time in its history.
Suzanne Fortier will take the helm of the 192-year-old institution.
The university announced today that the scientist, teacher, and McGill alumnus will succeed Heather Munroe-Blum, starting in September.
Fortier is currently president of a federal government granting agency, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
"I am proud to be invited to serve as the next Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill,'' Fortier said in a statement.
"Principal Munroe-Blum blazed a trail as McGill's first female Principal and as an exceptional leader, and it will be an honour to follow in her footsteps. McGill opened up a world of opportunities for me, and I look forward to working closely with the McGill community upon my arrival.''