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University of Guelph names interim VP Research

August 8, 2023  By University of Guelph

Aug., 8, 2023 – The University of Guelph has named Dr. Rene Van Acker, professor and dean of the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC), as its interim vice-president (research).

He will take on the interim position immediately as a secondment from his role as OAC dean. He will replace Dr. Malcolm Campbell as vice-president (research), who will step down effective July 20.

An experienced fundraiser, Van Acker has helped to attract more than $100 million for OAC, including support to establish more than 20 externally funded chairs and professorships in the college.


“I am honoured to take on this leadership role for the University on an interim basis,” said Van Acker, in a press release. “The University of Guelph has a culture of being research-intensive and has a proud and long history of significant research achievements. I will work hard to facilitate ongoing research capacity and success.”

During Van Acker’s secondment, Dr. John Cranfield, OAC associate dean (external relations), will serve as acting OAC dean.

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