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For immediate release: Jan 4, 2008

Acadia President to Step Down Ahead of Schedule

( Wolfville , NS ) - Ron Smith, Chair of Acadia University's Board of Governors, today announced that the Board has reluctantly accepted the resignation of current President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Gail Dinter-Gottlieb. Dr. Gottlieb will step down February 29, 2008.

“The Board of Governors would like to thank Dr. Dinter-Gottlieb for her service to Acadia University – our students, our faculty, our alumni, our supporters and our staff – and we wish her all the best as she explores new opportunities and interests,” said Mr. Smith. “Dr. Gottlieb has a number of accomplishments at Acadia that she can be very proud of including new facilities for students and faculty, a capital campaign that has been the most successful in Acadia's history, a strategic plan that distinguishes Acadia as one of Canada 's leading undergraduate institutions.”

In August 2007, Dr. Gottlieb informed the Board of Governors that she would not seek a second term, citing personal and family reasons for her decision. Acadia 's Board of Governors has been working on a transition plan since that time, and the members of a Presidential Search Committee will be named in the next week or two. Dr. Gottlieb's resignation will allow this Committee greater flexibility when considering potential presidential candidates, including recommending the possible appointment by the Board of an Acting President until a permanent replacement is found.

“It has been a genuine privilege to lead Acadia University through a time of tremendous change in the post-secondary education sector,” said Dr. Gottlieb. “I believe Acadia 's reputation is well-deserved and I have enjoyed working with our wonderful students and alumni, our faculty and staff and our network of supporters. The successes we've realized during the past four years position Acadia to meet the rising expectations of future students and preserve Acadia 's standing as an innovative, high-quality undergraduate university.”

“We're now turning our attention to a period of transition and the important task of finding a new President and Vice-Chancellor who will build on Acadia's proud tradition of excellence in post-secondary education,” added Mr. Smith.

Acadia University , in Wolfville , Nova Scotia , has long been recognized as one of Canada 's premier undergraduate institutions. It is ranked Canada 's best overall primarily undergraduate university by Maclean's magazine. With its nationally and internationally recognized research initiatives, small classes and technology-rich teaching and learning environment, Acadia offers students an experience that includes academic achievement combined with personal growth and development. For more information about Acadia , visit our website at http://www.acadiau.ca/ .



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For more information contact:
Scott Roberts
Executive Director, Communications & Marketing
Acadia University
P: 902.585.1705 | C: 902.670.8966 | F: 902.585.1072
E: scott.roberts@acadiau.ca



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