By Ruth Davenport, Metro Halifax
Dr. Richard Florizone, who will take over from Dr. Tom Traves on July 1, says his first plan of action is to embark on 100 days of listening.
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Dalhousie University's new president Richard Florizone
[HALIFAX, NS] — The university’s Board of Governors announced Thursday that Dr. Richard Florizone, currently a vice-president with the University of Saskatchewan, will take over from Dr. Tom Traves on July 1.
Florizone said Thursday he’s pleased and honoured by the appointment, and his first plan of action is to embark on 100 days of listening.
“I believe strategy and vision really come both bottom up and top down,” he said. “They have to come from listening to faculty, staff, students, but also external partners…about the future of Dal.”
Florizone has held several consultant’s positions in the private sector. He’s currently on secondment as a senior advisor to the International Finance Corporation on public-private partnerships.
Florizone said Dalhousie, like most universities across North America, is facing some financial challenges — but he’s confident there’s a “strong willingness” among donors and foundations to invest in research and solutions to some of the world’s current “grand challenges.”
He said his experience in academia, government and industry will help broaden Dalhousie’s base of support and attract a new generation of researchers to Nova Scotia.
“I think we can be great engines of innovation and economic growth, and that’s not just talk, it’s borne out in fact as you look around the world at what universities have achieved,” he said. “So I see us as part of the future and part of the solution for the province, the question is simply how do we build the partnerships to realize some of that.”