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Prof. Anne Anderson, C.S.J., appointed President and Vice Chancellor of USMC

Anne Anderson, csj, President of the University of St Michael's College

Anne Anderson, csj,
President and Vice Chancellor USMC

Hugh MacKinnon, Chair of the Collegium

Hugh MacKinnon,
Chair of the Collegium

TORONTO, January 13, 2009 -- The Collegium of the University of St Michael’s is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Anne Anderson, C.S.J. as President and Vice Chancellor of the University. Her appointment was recommended by the Collegium at a Special Meeting held on January 12, 2009 and confirmed by The Reverend Ken Decker, C.S.B., The Superior General of the Basilian Congregation.

Professor Anderson has been serving the University as Interim President since July 2008, in addition to her duties as the Dean of the Faculty of Theology. Professor Anderson had been appointed Dean of the Faculty of Theology at the University in 2001 and re-appointed in 2006. Her five year term as President will be effective retroactively to July, 2008 when she assumed responsibility for the office. A search committee to recommend a successor to Professor Anderson's role as Dean of Theology will be struck in due course.

A member of the General Council of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamilton, Professor Anderson is President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the St. Joseph's Health System in Hamilton. Previously she was President of the Catholic Health Association of Ontario. She is currently Chair of the Pastoral Theology Department in the Toronto School of Theology, and Chair of the Commission on Accrediting for the Association of Theological Schools in Canada and the United States.

The Collegium of the University of St Michael’s also expressed its heartfelt thanks to Mr. Frank Morneau who retired on January 12, 2009 from his role as Chair of the Collegium. Mr. Morneau had served the University for many years and as the Chair of the Collegium since the reorganization of the University in 2006. The Collegium has appointed Mr. Hugh MacKinnon, an alumnus of the University, as Chair of the Collegium effective immediately. Mr. MacKinnon is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bennett Jones LLP, a leading Canadian business law firm.

The University of St Michael’s, federated with the University of Toronto, seeks to be Canada's leading English-speaking Catholic University. As a university, St Michael's is dedicated to the pursuit and sharing of knowledge for its own sake. As a Catholic university, it is committed to the study of the Christian tradition within a context of faith and to fostering the creative engagement of that tradition with the widest range of academic disciplines as well as with other traditions both religious and secular.