Laurentian University president Robert Haché’s retirement from the university takes effect today, Oct. 31, and another LU administrator, Tammy Eger, will step in as interim president, Sudbury.com has learned.
This as Laurentian hopes to finally exit insolvency in November after undergoing restructuring under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (or CCAA) since early 2021.
In July, the university announced the impending retirements of both Haché and provost Marie-Josée Berger as part of its plan of arrangement, which includes as one of its conditions the renewal of senior management.
At the time, LU said Haché and Berger were to retire prior to Laurentian’s emergence from the CCAA.
Eger, Laurentian’s vice-president, research, is a full professor in the School of Human Kinetics, and research chair in occupational safety with the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health.
She was handing out degrees at Laurentian’s fall convocation over the weekend. Sources tell Sudbury.com that Haché was not present at the event.
Sudbury.com has obtained a copy of an internal email sent out by Laurentian Monday afternoon.
Today’s announcement did not mention Berger.
The internal email from Laurentian reads as follows:
Dear community members,
We are writing to provide an update on the departure of the President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Robert Haché.
With approvals from both the University’s creditors and the Court, Laurentian is preparing for the implementation of the Plan of Arrangement which includes leadership renewal in certain key positions. Dr. Haché’s retirement takes effect October 31, 2022.
Beginning November 1, 2022, Dr. Tammy Eger (Vice-President, Research) will serve as Interim President and Vice-Chancellor while maintaining her duties as Vice-President Research until an Interim President joins the University in the near future.
Information regarding further changes in senior leadership will be communicated in the coming days and weeks ahead.