Richard Florizone named Dalhousie’s president

Dalhousie University’s Board of Governors has named Richard Florizone as the university’s 11th president, a term that will begin July 1, 2013.

By Kris Foster
As vice-president finance and resources at the U of S since 2005, Florizone oversaw the financial operations of $900 million annual expenditures and $500 million of capital project initiatives. He remains a fellow of the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.

"During his years with the U of S, Richard accomplished many initiatives, one the most prominent being the building of additional student residences at the U of S for the first time in over 30 years," said Ilene Busch-Vishniac, U of S president and vice-chancellor, in a statement. "I hope you will join me in wishing Richard great success in his new career."

Florizone graduated from the U of S in the engineering physics program and later earned his Master's in Physics from the U of S and his PhD in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Other U of S alumni currently serving as presidents at other universities include:

  • Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz (PhD'89), University of Prince Edward Island

  • Alan Wildeman(BSc'75, MSc'77), University of Windsor

  • Doyle Donald Anderson (MBA'97, PhD'09), First Nations University of Canada

  • Gary Kachanoski (BSc'75, MSc'80), Memorial University