Concordia names members of governance review committee

Panel to be headed by former McGill principal, will report within 60 days of first meeting

The Montreal Gazette is reporting that Concordia has named the members of an external committee which will study the university’s governance.

The panel was struck in response to the controversy surrounding the sudden departure of the university’s president, Judith Woodsworth, in December.

According to reports, the university has tapped a former McGill principal, Bernard Shapiro, to head the three-person panel. Shapiro was also Canada’s first Ethics Commissioner. Former Quebec Lobbyist Commissioner, André C. Côté, who was also a dean of law and secretary general at Université Laval, along with Glen A. Jones, an associate dean at the University of Toronto and Ontario Research Chair on post-secondary education policy and measurement, will round out the panel.

The committee is required to report to Concordia’s interim president, Frederick Lowy, within 60 days of its first meeting and its report will be made public. Members of the Concordia community will be able to make written submissions to the panel.

While there was some information about the committee’s membership, and how to make written submissions to it, posted on a couple Concordia websites, the information appears to have been taken down. I will update this post once I’ve confirmed the details with Concordia.

UPDATE: Concordia University media relations director, Chris Mota has confirmed, via email, that the details in the Gazette story are correct. Apparently the university is having some technical problems with its websites.

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