Currently President of the University of St Michael’s in the University of Toronto, a position he has held since 1990, Dr. Alway succeeds the Rev. James McConica, C.S.B., who will retire as President on June 30. Dr. Alway will continue as Chair of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada and as Chair of the C.D. Howe Foundation. He is a former Warden of Hart House at the University of Toronto and was Acting Director of the National Gallery of Canada during the construction of its landmark building in Ottawa.
A prominent lay leader in the Archdiocese of Toronto, Dr. Alway served as Acting Publisher of The Catholic Register for two years at the request of the late Cardinal G. Emmett Carter. An officer of the Order of Canada and a member of the Order of Ontario, he was made a Knight Grand Cross with Star of the Order of St. Gregory the Great by Pope John Paul II, the first person from Toronto to hold this highest honour bestowed by the Church on laypeople.
The Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies was founded in 1929 and received its Papal Charter in 1939. The world-renowned research institute is the only Pontifical Institute in North America. It offers a Licence in Mediaeval Studies and a post-doctoral fellowship program drawing students from around the world, and sustains a major scholarly publishing operation. The Institute's library is among the finest in its field in North America.
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TORONTO, June 23, 2008 - Mrs. Nicole C. Eaton, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, announced today that Richard Alway has been appointed President of the Institute, effective July 1, 2008.