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LU Selects Top Talent to Fill Two Vice-President Roles

Dr. Tammy Eger and Dr. Marie-Josée Berger announced as VP Research and VP Academic, respectively.

(July 7, 2020) Laurentian University is pleased to announce that Dr. Marie-Josée Berger has been appointed Provost and Vice-President, Academic and that Dr. Tammy Eger has been appointed Vice-President, Research. 

“We found two ideal candidates and I am very much looking forward to seeing their contributions at Laurentian over the years to come.” said Dr. Robert Haché, President and Vice-Chancellor of Laurentian University as he announced who would fill the University’s two vacant vice-president positions. 

Dr. Berger has been in various leadership positions throughout academia for over 20 years. Most recently, she held the title of Dean, School of Education as well as Associate Vice-President of Continuing Education at Bishop’s University. Previously, she served as Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. A former professor at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, she also served the Ontario Ministry of Education in supporting the development of curriculum for elementary and secondary schools. She holds degrees from l’Université du Québec à Montréal and the University of Ottawa. She will begin her five-year renewable term on August 1, 2020. 

Dr. Eger is one of Laurentian’s most prolific researchers, having served as Interim Vice-President, Research at Laurentian during the last six months, this exciting appointment will allow Dr. Eger to continue to successfully lead the vibrant research and innovation community at Laurentian University. A Full Professor at Laurentian in the School of Human Kinetics, Dr. Eger was the inaugural Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety with the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (2015-2019). She is the co-founder of the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health and co-developer of the first mobile occupational safety and health research lab in Ontario. She is also the author of more than 50 journal papers and 100 conferences abstracts. She began her five-year renewable term on July 1, 2020.

The two appointments conclude international search processes which took place over the last year. The university would also like to thank Dr. Serge Demers who has served admirably as Interim Vice-President, Academic and Provost, since July 2017. Dr. Demers will return to continue his mandate as Registrar and Secretary of Senate.”

“Dr. Berger brings a wealth of experience to our institution, and we are fortunate to have her lead our academic mission. Her leadership and vision both exceeded our expectations throughout the search process and we will greatly benefit from her appointment to this role. She is the ideal candidate and we are looking forward to having her join us in Sudbury.” - Dr. Robert Haché, President and Vice-Chancellor, Laurentian University 

“Dr. Marie-Josée Berger is the ideal candidate for the position of Provost and Vice-President, Academic at Laurentian University. Dr. Berger has an extensive history of leadership in academia and a history of success helping institutions navigate through difficult decisions and fostering a collegial environment. Dr. Berger is a strong advocate for students and has worked to increase opportunities for Indigenous students and international students. Laurentian University is fortunate to have the opportunity to have Dr. Berger as part of our administrative team.” - Dr. Amanda Schweinbenz, Associate Professor, School of Human Kinetics. 

“Dr Berger's depth of leadership experience both in theory and practice is what impressed me the most. I am excited about the perspectives she will bring in relation to our Tri-Cultural Mandate and am looking forward to working with her to advance Indigenous education at Laurentian University.” Shelly Moore-Frappier, Interim Associate Vice-President Academic and Indigenous Programs

“Dr. Eger’s leadership and collaboration throughout her tenure has been exemplary, even as our community has faced great challenges. Throughout the search process, we reviewed candidates from all over the world and in the end, the most qualified person was right here, in Sudbury. As a former VP Research myself, I have every confidence that she will help our research portfolio reach new heights.” - Dr. Robert Haché, President and Vice-Chancellor, Laurentian University 

“The research community at Laurentian will be very well served by the appointment of Dr. Eger to Vice President Research. She has the passion, drive and vision to help us make the transition to a research-intensive comprehensive university where our research will have truly global impact.” - Dr. John Gunn, Canada Research Chair in Stressed Aquatic Systems, Director, Vale Living with Lakes Centre.