Alastair Summerlee

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Alastair Summerlee
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Interim President and Vice-Chancellor of Carleton University
In office
2017 – June 30, 2018
Preceded byRoseann Runte
Samy Mahmoud
Succeeded byBenoit-Antoine Bacon
7th President of the University of Guelph
In office
January 15, 2003 – August 15, 2014
Preceded byMordechai Rozanski
Succeeded byFranco Vaccarino
Personal details
Residence(s)Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Alma materUniversity of Guelph
ProfessionProfessor - The President and Vice-Chancellor

Alastair J. S. Summerlee was the Interim President and Vice-Chancellor of Carleton University located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He was previously the seventh president of the University of Guelph.

President Summerlee, whose career as a scholar, professor, researcher, and administrator spans nearly 30 years, joined the University of Guelph faculty in 1988 as a professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. He was named an associate dean of the Ontario Veterinary College in 1992, dean of graduate studies in 1995, associate vice-president (academic) in 1999, and provost and vice-president (academic) in 2000.

As president of the University of Guelph, Summerlee earned $434,517.92 per year, which made him the highest-paid person at the university.[1] He was the ninth-highest-paid university president in Canada (as of 2011),[2] and second-highest-paid in Ontario (as of 2012).[3]

Summerlee faced controversy for his inadequate response as president of the University of Guelph to a sexual assault in the athletics department.[4] On September 21, 2006, the father of a female student contacted Summerlee, and provided correspondences between Dave Scott-Thomas (his daughter's running coach) and his daughter, as proof of grooming leading to sexual assault. Summerlee did not reply, despite a note that the victim was underage at the time of the abuse.[5]


  1. ^ "Guelph Breaking News - Guelph's Online Newspaper".
  2. ^ "Top 10 highest paid university officials in Canada – - Macleans OnCampus". Archived from the original on 2012-07-27. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
  3. ^ "Here's what Ontario university presidents made in 2012 – - Maclean's on Campus". Archived from the original on 2013-04-01. Retrieved 2013-04-01.
  4. ^ "U of Guelph and Athletics Canada respond to allegations against Dave Scott-Thomas".
  5. ^ Doyle, Michael (8 February 2020). "She was a running prodigy. He was the most powerful man in track. How her promising career unravelled". The Globe and Mail.


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