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Community farewell for U of G president

A community farewell and tribute will be held on campus for outgoing University of Guelph president Alastair Summerlee this Friday.
The event will be outdoors at Johnston Green from 3-5 p.m. on June 13, with a 4 p.m. start to the formal program. In case of rain, it will be held in Rozanski Hall.
The event will celebrate Summerlee’s 11 years as president and vice-chancellor of the university. The university’s seventh president, he retires on June 30.
The tribute and farewell is free and open to the U of G community and general public. Parking lots P23 and P24, located off College Avenue, will be available for public use that afternoon.
Maureen Mancuso, the U of G’s provost and vice-president (academic), will be the emcee. Board of Governors chair Dick Freeborough and Tye Burt, who chairs the university’s BetterPlanet Project fundraising campaign, will speak at the event, which will also include a tribute video.
Summerlee will leave office as the U of G’s longest-serving president. Appointed in 2003, he was the first internal candidate to become the U of G’s president. He joined the U of G faculty in 1988 as a professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences.
His second term was extended by a year to coincide with the end of the BetterPlanet Project and the university’s 50th anniversary this year.
A virtual tribute book has been created.

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