New CAUT executive director

CAUT president Wayne Peters just sent the following message over the CAUT general listserv:
Announcement of new CAUT executive director

The Executive Committee is very pleased to announce the appointment of David Robinson as Executive Director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) effective July 1, 2014. David Robinson is currently Associate Executive Director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, responsible for the Association’s research, communications and advocacy work, and international relations.

Prior to joining CAUT, he was the senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). He has also been a lecturer at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, and Carleton University in Ottawa. He is the author of a number of articles, reviews, and reports on higher education and research policy, vocational education and training, and international trade and investment agreements.

Currently, David also serves as the senior advisor on higher education, copyright and international trade issues to Education International, the global union federation representing more than 30 million teachers and education workers in 171 countries and territories. He is also a member of the board of the CCPA, and is president of OpenMedia.ca.

David will be replacing James L. Turk who is retiring after 16 years as Executive Director. The Executive Committee wishes James Turk all the best in his retirement from CAUT and recognizes his profound contribution to the defense of academic freedom and public post-secondary education in Canada. In turn, we warmly welcome David to continue the important work in defense of academic staff and public post-secondary education in Canada.

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