The University of Sudbury is pleased to announce that after a rigorous selection process, Dr. Sophie Bouffard has been appointed as the new President and Vice-Chancellor of the University. Dr. Bouffard, a seasoned leader with a breadth of experience in the area of education, succeeds Dr. Pierre Zundel.
Dr. Sophie Bouffard has occupied several management positions within the post-secondary setting. Prior to this appointment, and amongst numerous other accomplishments, she was Director and founder of La Cité universitaire francophone at the University of Regina, where she ensured the development and establishment of this new academic unit equivalent to a faculty.
An academic and a leader, Dr. Bouffard is familiar with current issues facing post-secondary institutions, and has a deep understanding of art and culture. She has researched topics related to identity, nordicity, minorities, Francophonie, and the role of art and culture in community development. She also has a varied teaching experience and an extensive background in music, which includes adjudication and advisory experience. “Dr. Sophie Bouffard, with her drive, diligence and rich background related to our tri-cultural mandate and liberal arts programming, is a valuable addition to the University of Sudbury,” states Josée Forest-Niesing, Chair of the Board of Regents of the University. “We are thrilled to welcome her as the new leader of our University. She joins a devoted and skilled team that offers a high quality education to all of our students.”
The nomination of Dr. Bouffard concluded a selection process that attracted a number of candidates and that began in January 2016, following the announcement of Dr. Pierre Zundel’s departure. Dr. Bouffard will assume her new role beginning September 1, 2016, allowing Sylvie Renault, who is currently Interim President, to resume her role of Registrar and Director of Recruitment and Communications.