- BSc/61 / MA/65
The first Carleton alumnus to become president, Richard Van Loon served a nine-year term, retiring in 2005. He led Carleton through a period of significant change that included a new strategic direction and academic mission for the institution and a comprehensive renewal of undergraduate and graduate programs. Van Loon initiated measures to enhance the university’s research activities and profile, and to improve the quality of the student body. Under his leadership, Carleton established a stable financial framework, attracted significant external funding, and launched the largest building program in its history.
Prior to his appointment, Van Loon had a distinguished career in government and academia. He served as associate deputy minister, Health Canada and associate deputy minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. He taught political studies at Queen’s University and administration at Carleton and the University of Ottawa. He holds honorary degrees from the University of Ottawa (June 2009) and Carleton University (November 2009). In June 2011, he was presented with the Founders Award for his significant contributions to the advancement of the university.