New year brings new faces 

Retirement for some, new opportunities for others

By Karen Herland

The start of a new year marks a number of personnel changes as some familiar faces move on and others move in.

Patrick Kelley has been named interim Chief Financial Officer. He will assume responsibility for the university’s financial systems and ensure they remain consistent with the university’s strategic goal of best administrative practices. Kelley will occupy the position vacated by Larry English, who announced his retirement as the university’s Vice-President Finance last term. A national search is underway to fill the position permanently.

Kelley’s previous duties as Acting Head of IITS have been assumed by Loni Cornax. Cornax has been working in IT at the university since 1976, most recently as Assistant-Director, User Services. A search is underway for a permanent head of IITS, as well.

The Board of Governors approved the appointment of Philippe Beauregard as the university’s new Chief Communications Officer at their December meeting.

Beauregard took the post Jan. 11, leaving Université de Montreal, where he was Associate Vice-Rector, Communications.

Sami Antaki, who had been head of the university’s communication services on an interim basis since the departure of John Parisella in November 2008, returns to his position as Executive Director of University Communication Services, as well as Director of Marketing Communications.

Vice-President Services Michael Di Grappa announced the retirement of Sue Magor, who began her career in Health Services at Concordia in 1975.

Magor established the Environmental Health and Safety Office of the university in 1980 (the first of its kind in Quebec) and directed its operations for 29 years.

Her pioneering work in health and safety management also led her to work in close cooperation with Sustainable Concordia when they began operations. Magor’s duties will be assumed, on an interim basis by Richard Young, who has been Director of Facility Operations for the past 11 years. Young’s responsibilities are now being assumed by Peter Bolla, in addition to his duties as Associate Vice-President, Facilities Management.

Finally, Jacques Lachance will temporarily fill the position of Jean Brisebois, who retired as Director of Security, a position he held for the past nine years.


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