Post Secondary Education

Friday October 21, 2011 – 7:30 p.m. at the Almonte United Church Social Hall

Speaker: Roseann Runte

Topic: Post Secondary Education


Universities in Ontario face a new set of challenges today. Economic, legislative, and political factors combine to create both pitfalls and opportunities. Among the major issues we will encounter this fall are: evaluation and quality, differentiation, teaching, management agreements, globalization and funding. We will look both seriously and lightheartedly at the race to innovate, linguistic impediments to global understanding, and what happens to your schedule when your Blackberry changes time zones!

Carleton University is poised to take on a leadership role while collaborating with other universities, colleges, businesses, non-government organizations and industries. We will seek to serve ever more effectively both our local and regional communities (including Almonte) and the world.

Speaker’s Profile:

Dr. Roseann O’Reilly Runte is President and Vice-Chancellor of Carleton University.

Dr. Runte graduated with a BA summa cum laude in French from the State University of New York and obtained her MA and PhD from the University of Kansas. She has previously served as president of l’Université Sainte-Anne, principal of Glendon College, president of Victoria University and of Old Dominion University.

Dr. Runte is the author of numerous scholarly works in the fields of French, comparative literature, economic and cultural development, higher education and the importance of research. In addition, she is a creative writer and has received a poetry prize from the Académie française.

Dr. Runte has been awarded the Order of Canada and the French Order of Merit and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She has also been awarded the Palmes Académiques and several prizes for her work on the environment, for community and national service. In addition, Dr. Runte holds a number of honorary degrees.

Dr. Runte has served on numerous boards and commissions in both Canada and the United States. She was president of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, president of the Humanities Federation of Canada, a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Foundation for International Training, the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, the Virginia Industrial National Development Authority and the Virginia Advanced Shipbuilding Integration Center. She currently serves on the advisory board of SunGard SGT, the board of the National Bank of Canada, the executive of the Royal Society, the non-profit LifeNet Health Board, the board of Fulbright Canada-U.S. and the Ontario-Quebec Private Sector Advisory Committee. She is a member of both the European and the World Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Runte took up her duties at Carleton University on July 1, 2008.

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