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Dr. Rene Van Acker
Dr. Rene Van Acker
August 01, 2023

The University of Guelph has named Dr. Rene Van Acker, professor and dean of the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC), as its interim vice-president (research).  


He will take on the interim position immediately as a secondment from his role as OAC dean. He will replace Dr. Malcolm Campbell as vice-president (research), who will step down effective July 20.


“Dr. Van Acker has been a committed and collaborative champion of the University for many years, evidenced by his service in various leadership roles,” said Dr. Charlotte Yates, president and vice-chancellor. “We appreciate Dr. Van Acker’s service, and we warmly welcome him to the executive team.” 


An experienced fundraiser, Van Acker has helped to attract more than $100 million for OAC, including support to establish more than 20 externally funded chairs and professorships in the college.  


“I am honoured to take on this leadership role for the University on an interim basis,” said Van Acker. “The University of Guelph has a culture of being research-intensive and has a proud and long history of significant research achievements. I will work hard to facilitate ongoing research capacity and success.”    


During Van Acker’s secondment, Dr. John Cranfield, OAC associate dean (external relations), will serve as acting OAC dean.


"John’s experience and leadership will serve OAC well as we continue to focus on revenue generation, fundraising and enrolment growth," said Dr. Van Acker. "I look forward to seeing the continued growth of OAC and our strategic priorities.


Source:  University of Guelph, July 20, 2023 posting


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Submitted by Karen Davidson on 1 August 2023