The University of Manitoba has named Dr. Michael Benarroch as its 12th president and vice-chancellor.
Benarroch was raised in Winnipeg and takes over for Dr. David Barnard, who will complete his 12 years of service as U of M president next summer.
Benarroch was born in Tangier, Morocco and immigrated with his family to Winnipeg when he was three-years-old. He was among the first generation of his family to attend university and the first to earn a graduate degree. He holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Winnipeg, a MA in economics from Western University, and a PhD in economics from Carleton University.
“I am excited about the opportunity to return to the University of Manitoba as its next president and to contribute to the success of the outstanding students, faculty, staff and alumni of the university,” Benarroch said in a statement.
Benarroch is currently provost and vice-president, academic at Ryerson University in Toronto, a role he has held since 2017. He will assume his new position at the University of Manitoba on July 1, 2020.