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Posted August 11 , 2010

University of Waterloo names Feridun Hamdullahpur as interim president

WATERLOO - The University of Waterloo's board of governors has named Feridun Hamdullahpur as interim president, effective Oct. 1.

Hamdullahpur, who currently serves as provost and vice-president academic, was appointed interim president late yesterday. He will occupy the office currently held by David Johnston, who has been appointed Canada’s next governor general and assumes the role on Oct. 1.

"I am pleased to advise that the board unanimously approved this recommendation and professor Hamdullahpur has agreed to serve as interim president, until such time as Waterloo's sixth president takes office," said Bob Harding, chair of the board of governors.

"Over the next several weeks, there will be many occasions to thank president Johnston, both formally and informally, for the quantum contributions he has made to the University of Waterloo and on behalf of the board let me do so now,” continued Harding. “Let me also, on behalf of the board, thank professor

Hamdullahpur for his willingness to assume this responsibility at an exciting and dynamic time for Waterloo."

Feridun was appointed followiing Waterloo’s policy 50, which addresses the appointment and role of the president. Members of the university’s executive council and other senior officials were consulted, and a recommendation was made to the board on Monday that Hamdullahpur be appointed.

Hamdullahpur has been serving as Waterloo's vice-president, academic and provost since Sept. 1, 2009. He is also a tenured faculty member in the department of mechanical and mechatronics engineering.

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