Trent University Announces Appointment ofAnne Wright as New Board Chair


Friday, January 28, 2011, Peterborough

Trent University’s Board of Governors today confirmed the appointment of Ms. Anne Wright as the new Chair of the Board.  She will begin a three year term effective July 1, 2011. 

“I would like to congratulate Anne on her appointment to this leadership position,” said Dr. Steven E. Franklin, president and vice-chancellor.   “Anne’s leadership experience will be a valuable asset to the University as we focus on integrated planning and positioning the University for its 50th Anniversary in 2014.”
Ms. Wright served as Chair of the Board’s Advancement Committee since 2008 and is currently the Chair of the Board’s Executive Committee.  A Chartered Accountant, she is an experienced board member with fundraising and government relations expertise. 

As a volunteer, she served as National President of the Canadian Diabetes Association and as a director of Belmont House and chaired Belmont's $10 million capital campaign.  In her association with the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, she was on the Board and chaired the Institute's Foundation board.  A resident of Port Perry, she recently chaired the board of Lakeridge Health in Durham Region. 

Ms. Wright currently serves on the board of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and previously served on the Canada Science and Technology Museum.  Anne is in her second term on the Trent University Board of Governors.

Ms. Wright will succeed Mr. David Morton who has served as Board Chair since July 1, 2008.

Mr. Morton is a retired President and CEO of The Quaker Oats Co.  A graduate of the University of Toronto (B.A.), he received his MBA at York University and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Trent University in 2002.

He has worked on boards in both the private and public sectors and is currently on the Board of Frontier College and a committee member for the Peter Gzowski Invitational Golf tournament for Literacy.  Previously, Mr. Morton served as Chair of Five Counties Children’s Centre, Vice Chair of The Fleming College Board and Chair of the successful Breaking New Ground Campaign for the new Peterborough Regional Health Centre.  He received Peterborough's Volunteer of the Year Award in 2002. David is married to Trent Professor Emeritus Patricia Morton. David originally joined the Board in 2004.

“David has committed countless hours to this volunteer role, and he and Patricia have been strong supporters of postsecondary education, particularly the needs of our Indigenous students,” said Dr. Steven E. Franklin, president and vice-Chancellor.  “On behalf of Trent University’s students, faculty, staff and volunteer Board members I would like to personally thank David Morton for his leadership and dedication as Chair.”

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For more information, please contact:
Don Cumming, Associate Vice-President, Public Affairs and Government Relations, 705 -748-1011, ext. 6181