The University of King’s College is delighted to announce today that it has selected Dr George Cooper, CM, CD, QC as its interim president. Dr Cooper’s appointment will be for two years to give the university time to find a replacement for Dr Anne Leavitt, who resigned on 21 June.
Dr Cooper, who holds an honorary doctorate from King’s, is counsel at the Atlantic Canadian law firm of McInnes Cooper and the immediate past chair of its board of directors. He is also the immediate past chair of the King’s board of governors (2001-2007) and has been involved at the national level in two major King’s capital campaigns. Dr Cooper is a Rhodes Scholar, the managing trustee of the Killam Educational Trust, and a former chair of the Canada/US Fulbright Scholarship Foundation.
Board of governors chair, Dr John Hamm says, “George Cooper brings to the role of interim president his profile as a respected leader in his profession and within the wider community, an outstanding track record as an administrator and fund raiser, and his great commitment to education and to King’s.”
“I am delighted to take on this task,” says Dr Cooper, “and I look forward to getting to know the King’s community better, particularly the students. King’s students, who are exemplary not only in their scholarship but in their civic engagement, are the reason for our existence. I believe that the opportunity to get to know these bright young adults will be one of the highlights of my time as interim president.”
Listen to his interview on CBC Mainstreet on 9 July, 2012.