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Dr. Mary Jo Haddad
Dr. Mary Jo Haddad

First woman to take reins as UWindsor chancellor

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Dr. Mary Jo Haddad is the first woman to hold the position of Chancellor of the University of Windsor.

Haddad — a longtime supporter and honours nursing graduate of the University of Windsor — has been named the University’s eighth Chancellor. Born and raised in Windsor, Dr. Haddad’s official installation will take place at the Spring 2019 Convocation.

Dr. Haddad is well known for her innovative leadership and commitment to children’s health in both Canada and internationally. From 2004 to 2014 she served as president and CEO of the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). Since her retirement from SickKids, Dr. Haddad has served as a corporate director and as President of MJH & Associates, providing leadership and healthcare advisory services.

“At such an important time in the University’s history,
I am proud to serve as the next Chancellor of the University of Windsor,” Dr. Haddad said. “To recognize and celebrate the academic achievements of our students as future leaders and trailblazers is an incredible honour. I am grateful for the impact the University of Windsor has had on my career and I am looking forward to promoting the achievements of the University’s students, faculty, staff and alumni.”

In recognition of her innovative leadership and commitment to children’s health, Dr. Haddad has received Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from the University of Windsor, Ryerson University and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

As Chancellor, Dr. Haddad will serve as the titular head of the University and confer all degrees and diplomas on behalf of the Senate. The Chancellor also represents the University in an official capacity at external functions.

“I am thrilled that Dr. Haddad has agreed to serve as the University’s eighth Chancellor,” interim President Douglas Kneale said. “As an alumna of Nursing, an honorary degree recipient, a member of our fundraising cabinet, a transformational leader in children’s healthcare, and a first-generation Windsor born-and-bred woman, she embodies the history and the values of our university and community and sets an inspiring example for our current and future students.”

Dr. Haddad’s appointment follows the announcement that the Honourable Ed Lumley would be stepping down after 12 years as Chancellor.