MONTREAL--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Concordia University announced today that Graham Carr has been appointed president and vice-chancellor for a five-year term that begins today. The move was ratified at the university’s board of governors meeting on December 11. At the same meeting, the board’s vice-chair, Helen Antoniou, was chosen to succeed current chair Norman Hébert Jr. on July 1, 2020, at the end of his term.
“Graham emerged from the international search process as the Board’s overwhelming top choice,” remarked Board Chair Norman Hébert Jr. “His knowledge of the higher education landscape is extensive. His talent for getting things done in both strategic and operational roles is impressive. Graham comes from Concordia and is already beloved within our community. He brings that knowledge and those existing ties as well as his constant drive, imagination and curiosity to the position.”
“Concordia is a young, forward-looking university. It’s a unique place where experimentation, innovation and creativity are truly valued,” said Carr. “Our community of students, faculty, staff and alumni all contribute to our momentum as Canada’s next-gen university. As president, I plan to continue broadening that circle, pursuing collaborations with industry, government and community stakeholders to further demonstrate how Concordia makes a positive difference for the people and economies of Canada and the world.”
Carr has been the university’s interim President and Vice-Chancellor since July 1 and succeeds Alan Shepard. Carr has helped shape Concordia’s present and future: he has been instrumental in realizing key university initiatives such as the Indigenous Directions Action Plan, the award-winning District 3 entrepreneurship incubator, the Campaign for Concordia, and the Strategic Directions that continue to guide the institution’s development.
A Quebec native, Carr has held several leadership roles at Concordia since joining the university’s Department of History in 1983 after earning his PhD from the University of Maine: Provost and Vice-President, Academic; Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies; and Dean of Graduate Studies.
Helen Antoniou, Concordia’s next board of governors chair, has been a board member since 2015 and its vice-chair since July 2019.
“In my time working with Helen Antoniou she has proven herself to be extremely insightful and easy to work with – a great fit for Concordia,” said Hébert. “After eight years as board chair at my alma mater – an exciting period of growth and strong results – I am pleased to pass the torch into such capable hands.”
“Since joining Concordia’s board in 2015, I’ve enjoyed the stimulating discussions, commitment to transparency, and collegial atmosphere Norman Hébert Jr. has fostered,” said Helen Antoniou. “Deeply rooted in Montreal, Quebec and Canada, Concordia plays an important role in advancing our society. I’m honoured to have the opportunity to further that mission alongside Graham and the other leaders of this vibrant community.”
Helen Antoniou holds civil and common law degrees from McGill University and a master’s in law from France’s top law school, Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas. She also has a master’s in public health from Harvard University. An extremely capable leader, she has held key positions at Stikeman Elliott; Cap Gemini Ernst & Young; Bombardier Aerospace; and the McGill University Health Centre. She is currently an executive coach for corporate leadership teams and family business owners and their successors.
For more information on Graham Carr: http://www.concordia.ca/about/administration-governance/president/graham-carr.html.