Richard Florizone is leaving Dalhousie for a “once in a lifetime” opportunity in quantum computing.
The university president's resignation was announced Monday in a memo from the school's Board of Governors.
Board chair Lawrence Stordy writes that the news comes “with mixed emotion.”
“We have benefitted greatly from his leadership and vision these past five years,” says
A former board member for the Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology with a PhD in physics from MIT, Florizone will be helping QVIB in its mission to develop quantum computer technology.
Florizone has been serving as Dalhousie’s 11th president since 2013. Previously, he was
Over his five years as head of the province's largest university, Florizone helped the school secure several high-level research grants like the 2016 Ocean Frontier Institute, renovated buildings like Dalplex and the Sexton campus and oversaw Dal's 200th-anniversary celebration.
But Florizone's tenure has also been criticized by students for the school's steadily increasing tuition fees and lack of interest in fossil fuel divestment. Likewise, the president has found himself in the spotlight several times as Dalhousie faced national scrutiny for everything from the DDS Class of 2015 Gentlemen dentistry scandal to the vitriol directed at student Masuma Khan.
The outgoing-president will remain at Dalhousie until January. No word yet on when a search committee will be struck to find his replacement.