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Med school appoints inaugural provost

Dr. Céline Larivière will serve in role for five-year term
Dr. Céline Larivière has been named the inaugural provost and vice-president of academic at NOSM University.

NOSM University has appointed Dr. Céline Larivière as its inaugural provost and vice-president of academic.

The long-time administrator will serve in the role for five years, starting on Feb. 1.

Larivière will be responsible for institutional planning and academic administration of all education programs involving students, members of Senate, governance and academic committees, and academic programs. She will lead the conceptualization, development, implementation, and continuous improvement of academic programs and services.  

“We are all very pleased with the appointment of this outstanding and inspiring senior educator and Francophone leader, and we look forward with great excitement to Dr. Larivière’s contributions in building NOSM University,” said Dr. Sarita Verma, NOSM University's president, vice-chancellor and dean, in a Jan. 11 news release.

A graduate of Laurentian University, Larivière's area of interest is exercise science and human physiology.

She has served in a number of administrative roles including dean of the Faculty of Health, dean of the Faculty of Education and Health, director of the School of Human Kinetics, all at Laurentian University.

“I am honoured to join NOSM University at this pivotal time in its history,” Larivière said in the release. “The opportunities for innovation, discovery and academic and clinical excellence are truly inspiring, and I look forward to championing these initiatives as we work to improve health equity in Canada.”

NOSM University was established as an independent medical university in April 2022, as a consequence of Laurentian University going through the creditor protection process.

The Northern Ontario Medical School (NOSM) has operated since 2002, graduating more than 800 new doctors in that time, the majority of which remain practising in the North.