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Mr. David Mulroney, President and Vice-Chancellor, USMC

David Mulroney, President and Vice-Chancellor, USMC

The appointment of Mr. David Mulroney as 7th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St. Michael’s College was made by The Very Rev. George Terence Smith, C.S.B., Superior General of the Basilian Congregation upon the recommendation by the Collegium at a Special Meeting held on January 28, 2015. Mr. Mulroney’s term was effective July 1, 2015.

Mr. Mulroney came to St. Michael’s after more than 30 years in Canada’s Public Service. A career Foreign Service Officer, Mr. Mulroney was Canada’s ambassador to the People’s Republic of China from 2009 to 2012. His book about Canada-China relations, “Middle Power, Middle Kingdom”, won the 2016 Dafoe Book Prize.

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 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.

Mr. Mulroney grew up in St. Basil’s Parish in Toronto and was educated at St. Michael’s College School and the University of St. Michael’s College. He is married to Janet Wakely and has three grown children, Aidan, Kate and Sean. Mr. Mulroney’s daughter Kate and his mother, the former Barbara Hood, was a graduate of USMC, as was his uncle, the Canadian novelist Hugh Hood.

Mr. Mulroney is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the University of Toronto’s Arbor Award and in June 2015 received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Western University. He lives in Toronto and is a member of Corpus Christi parish.

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