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2014-06-23 at 19:55

Wang to depart

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By Leith Dunick,

Lakehead University’s loss is Laurentian University’s gain.

The Sudbury school on Monday announced the hiring of Rui Wang as its new vice-president research, effective next January.
For the past decade the Chinese-born Wang has served as the vice-president of research and vice-president, research, economic development and innovation.

“With its great momentum, visionary and dynamic leadership, and numerous areas of unique research strengths, Laurentian University has gained national recognition for its excellence in research and innovation,” Wang said in a release issued by Laurentian.

“I am excited about the opportunities and challenges ahead and looking forward to working with the Laurentian community to champion its research and innovation mission from success to successes.”

Wang replaces Patrice Sawyer.

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richtbay says:

This is at least the second loss this year of a renowned professor from Lakehead to Laurentian. What's driving them away?
6/24/2014 4:30:03 AM
Fastball says:
He's probably been reading most of the comments here - and getting a sense of where this town and its residents are going to be in the next decade.....and gettin' the hell outta Dodge.
6/24/2014 12:48:18 PM
TBAY Opinion says:
One of the ways in which a University renews itself is by changing senior administration from time to time. All senior administration is hired on a term basis, typically a 5 year stint. New senior administrators bring new ideas and fresh approaches. Periodic change is healthy for a university. There is nothing unusual here.

I am glad that Lauentian is happy with their new appointment, as I am sure Lakehead will be equally happy when a capable replacement is hired for Dr Wang's position.

6/24/2014 6:49:21 PM
Papercut says:
Losing Wang is a serious blow to Lakehead.
6/24/2014 1:32:00 PM
sd says:
It is probably the lack of an event centre that is driving them away....or perhaps the abundance of crime and street workers and drunk people at every turn
6/24/2014 1:47:03 PM
slforbes says:
You're also assuming there is something wrong at the University. The fact is, most senior university administrators leave their positions for other opportunities within 7-10 years of their original appointments.
6/24/2014 2:13:39 PM
richtbay says:
The other professor who's leaving wasn't offered a tenured position after they replaced one who retired. The department said they won't be filling the position and will simply hire contract lecturers. Could this penny-pinching mentality be prevalent in other departments, leading Wang to leave?
6/24/2014 7:46:25 PM
Seeya says:
I left TBay for Sudbury and don't blame the guy for wanting to leave, Sudbury actually has industry and jobs still left, and close enough to Toronto that the politicians don't forget we exist. It's a cleaner city with more to do. Not sure what would ever draw someone back to TBay unless it's someone coming home to retire.
6/24/2014 3:43:17 PM
Jimmy68 says:
It is shocked Wang will leave Lakehead! A great achievement here for local community since he come to Thunder Bay! Good luck!
6/25/2014 4:09:41 PM
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