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President and Vice-Chancellor Michael Benarroch

Board unanimously extends President Benarroch’s term

March 20, 2024 — 

The following is a message from Lynette Magnus, Chair of the Board of Governors:

I am very pleased to share that the Board of Governors unanimously approved the re-appointment of President and Vice-Chancellor Michael Benarroch to a second five-year term, beginning July 1, 2025.

The re-appointment of Dr. Benarroch follows the completion of a comprehensive review by the Board’s Presidential Review Committee.  The Committee, representing students, staff, faculty, and independent Board members, sought and received widespread feedback from members of the UM and broader communities.  The Committee looked ahead at the opportunities and challenges facing the University and heard from President Benarroch on his vision for the University of Manitoba into the future.

The Board has full confidence in President Benarroch’s ability to lead our university in alignment with its new five-year strategic plan and in support of a university that will lead change for a better Manitoba.

President Benarroch has shown exceptional leadership throughout his first term. He successfully guided the University during the pandemic, always focused on ensuring the continuation of student learning, while maintaining safety for all. He has built an outstanding and cohesive leadership team and has placed a renewed focus on research and innovation, enabling greater success of UM faculty, staff, and students.  Under his guidance, UM is a leader in advancing Reconciliation and is home to the National Centre of Truth and Reconciliation. The work of the Anti-Racism Task Force and the President’s Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion provides a strong foundation for the University moving forward and fosters belonging, a UM core value.  President Benarroch champions the University of Manitoba and its members in the broader community, heightening external engagement and support. His energy and passion for the University of Manitoba are inspiring.

On behalf of the Board of Governors, I wish to express our appreciation to President Benarroch for his authentic leadership and practical wisdom.  He acts with integrity and shows deep respect for all members of our UM and greater communities, actively seeking input from diverse voices and engaging to build positive relationships. Dr. Benarroch has an unwavering commitment to a successful University of Manitoba, its students, faculty, and staff, and to the meaningful and positive impact the University has on our province.  I look forward to these next five years and where his leadership will take us.

Lynette Magnus, Chair
Board of Governors

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