UPDATED ON: Monday, December 09, 2002
The University of Western Ontario:
Dr. Paul Davenport,
From The Globe and Mail
Dr. Robert Colcleugh, Chair of The University of Western Ontario's Board of Governors, is pleased to announce the reappointment of Dr. Paul Davenport as President of one of Canada's leading universities. He will serve as President until 2009 and will be only the third Western President to serve longer than 10 years.
Under Davenport's leadership, Western has witnessed the recruitment of outstanding professors; significant increases in research activity; superb progress in community and alumni relations and fundraising; and an increase in average entering grades and first-choice applications far in advance of the average for Ontario universities. The dedicated work of staff and faculty across the campus have positioned Western firmly in the first rank of Canadian universities, as called for in the University's 1995 Strategic Plan.
Davenport holds BA, MA and PhD degrees in economics from Stanford University and the University of Toronto. He holds Honorary Degrees from the University of Alberta (1994) and the University of Toronto (2000). He is a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur (France, 2001) and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002.
From 1973 to 1989, Davenport was a professor of economics at McGill University in Montreal and also served as Vice-Principal for Planning and Computer Services. He served as President of the University of Alberta from 1989 to 1994.
Davenport is an active volunteer with organizations dedicated to higher education, technological advancement, health care, and the study of economic growth and productivity change. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the London Health Sciences Centre, the London Economic Development Corporation, the Centre for the Study of Living Standards, and the National Ballet School. He has served as Chair of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and the Council of Ontario Universities.
Founded in 1878, The University of Western Ontario is recognized internationally as an innovative leader in teaching and research.