David Mulroney appointed as 7th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St. Michael's College
The Collegium of the University of St. Michael's College is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. David Mulroney (7T8), as the 7th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St. Michael's College (USMC). His appointment was made by The Very Rev. George Terence Smith, C.S.B., the Superior General of the Basilian Congregation upon the recommendation by the Collegium at a Special Meeting held on January 28, 2015. Mr. Mulroney, who officially takes up his duties July 1, 2015, succeeds Professor Anne Anderson, C.S.J., who served with distinction as President from 2008-2015 and is the first woman to have held that office.
A Distinguished Senior Fellow at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs, Mr. Mulroney was a career Foreign Service Officer whose senior appointments culminated in his service as the Ambassador of Canada to the People's Republic of China from 2009-2012. Mr. Mulroney's selection comes after a search process conducted by a committee of Collegium members, representatives of the Basilian Fathers, faculty, staff and students.
"As Chair of the Collegium of USMC, I am pleased to join in announcing the appointment of Mr. David Mulroney as the next President of the University", said Rev. Donald McLeod, C.S.B. "Mr. Mulroney is a distinguished alumnus of USMC who brings to the position both a wealth of experience in the Canadian Foreign Service and a thorough grasp of the essential characteristics of Catholic higher education and of the critical and important role that it plays in the context of the larger public University, and indeed in society as a whole. My colleagues on the Collegium and I look forward to working with Mr. Mulroney and supporting him as he embarks on his new role. I wish as well to express our deep gratitude to Professor Anne Anderson for her dedication and commitment to St. Michael's as President for the past seven years; her contributions to the University are greatly appreciated."
"On behalf of the entire University of Toronto community, I congratulate David Mulroney on his appointment as President of the University of St. Michael's College, and I congratulate the Collegium on its truly brilliant choice," said Meric Gertler, President of U of T. "St. Michael's has a distinguished history and a vital mission, and it makes a rich and unique contribution to our academic federation. I very much look forward to collaborating with Mr. Mulroney in the years to come. I would also like to take this opportunity to offer thanks and best wishes to Professor Anne Anderson, on the completion of her exemplary service as President."
President Designate Mulroney said "I am deeply honoured and tremendously excited to be leading St. Michael's, a storied, inspiring and dynamic Catholic institution that sits at the heart of a great global university. I look forward to helping its students prepare for lives of leadership and service in their communities, their countries and the world."
As well as his current duties as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs, Mr. Mulroney is also a Distinguished Fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, and an Honorary Fellow of the University of St. Michael's College.
Mr. Mulroney served as Ambassador of Canada to the People's Republic of China from 2009 to 2012. During his time in Beijing, he worked to have education identified as one of a limited number of priorities for Canada-China cooperation, and the Canadian embassy came to be known by Chinese officials as an "education embassy."
His book about Canada-China relations, Middle Power, Middle Kingdom, was published by Penguin Canada on March 24, 2015. He was also co-author of Canada's Asia Challenge: Creating Competence for the Next Generation of Canadians, a report published in 2013 by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.
Prior to his appointment to Beijing, Mr. Mulroney was assigned to the Privy Council Office in Ottawa as the Deputy Minister responsible for the Afghanistan Task Force, overseeing inter-departmental coordination of all aspects of Canada's engagement in Afghanistan. He also served as Secretary to the Independent Panel on Canada's Future Role in Afghanistan ("the Manley Panel"). Mr. Mulroney's other assignments included serving as Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and, concurrently, as the Prime Minister's Personal Representative to the G8 Summit. Immediately prior to that, he served as Foreign and Defence Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada. A career Foreign Service officer, Mr. Mulroney had a series of senior appointments in the Foreign Affairs Department in Ottawa, including 4 years as Canada's Senior Official for Asia Pacific Cooperation (APEC). He served on overseas assignments in Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai and Seoul. From 1995 to 1998 he was Executive Director of the Canada-China Business Council.
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Mr. Mulroney grew up in St. Basil's Parish, and was educated at St. Michael's College School and the University of Saint Michael's College. He is married to Janet Wakely and has three grown children, Aidan, Kate and Sean. Mr. Mulroney's mother, the former Barbara Hood, was a graduate of USMC, as was his uncle, the Canadian novelist Hugh Hood. His sister Catherine Mulroney and his daughter Kate are also graduates of USMC.
Mr. Mulroney is a recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, the University of Toronto's Arbor Award and in June 2015 will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws from Western University. He lives in Toronto and is a member of Corpus Christi parish.
The University of St. Michael's College, the Catholic university federated with the University of Toronto, 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 intellectual tradition within the 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.