New chair named to Athabasca University Governing Council

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New chair of Athabasca University Governing Council

The Honourable Doug Horner, Minister of Advanced Education and Technology has announced that Barry Walker, FCA has been appointed Chair, Athabasca University Governing Council (AUGC). The appointment was announced this morning in Edmonton. Walker has been a public member of AUGC since August, 2004.

“I feel very honoured to be selected chair of Athabasca University Governing Council,” said Walker. “AU has a very important mission in removing barriers to education, not just for students in Alberta, but for students from across the country. We are a recognized world leader in distance education, and I’m committed to maintaining and growing that reputation.”

About Barry Walker

Walker is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta and a partner with Peterson Walker LLP. He succeeds Joy Romero as Chair. Romero has held the position since October, 2006.

“I’d like to thank Joy Romero for her excellent leadership as the outgoing chair of AUGC. Under her guidance and dedication, the university has seen unprecedented growth, and we have undertaken many important new initiatives to enhance post-secondary educational opportunities for our students.”

Walker has a long record of involvement with a variety of community organizations including the Arthritis Association of Edmonton, the Volunteer Centre of Edmonton and the Glengarry Child Care Society.

During his term on AUGC, he has served as chair of the Audit and Finance committees and as a member of the Executive and Human Resources Standing Committees.

His appointment is effective immediately.

For more information, contact:

John O’Brien
Manager, Media Relations
Athabasca University
403-990-1131 (cell)