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Wednesday, January 27, 1999
IOC's Dick Pound named McGill chancellorMONTREAL (CP) -- Dick Pound, named the next chancellor of McGill University, says it won't interfere with his work as vice-president of the International Olympic Committee.
"I'll carry on doing pretty much what I've been doing, I hope."
Pound, who becomes McGill's titular head on July 1, said Tuesday the university job involves "a lot of representing. You attend all the convocations and things like that."
Pound most recently made headlines as the man in charge of the IOC investigation into allegations of bribery in the awarding of the 2002 Games to Salt Lake City.
Pound has long been associated with McGill, where he earned undergraduate and law degrees. He joined the board of governors in 1986 and was elected chair in 1994.
The chancellor's post can be time-consuming but "probably not as much as chair of the board," he said in an interview.
"If I'm lucky I may even have to spend a little less time."
The university's selection committee was unanimous in recommending "such an outstanding person," a statement said Tuesday.
"Mr. Pound possesses an excellent international and Canadian stature and his exceptional dedication and effort on behalf of McGill both now and in the past was clearly recognized."
The Montreal lawyer said he's delighted to be named McGill's 17th chancellor, succeeding journalist Gretta Chambers.
"It's a huge honour."