Runte Among Canada’s Top 100 Women

Old Dominion University President Roseann Runte was recently named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada.

The annual award, which recognizes the country’s most accomplished and influential women, is presented by the Women’s Executive Network, Canada’s leading organization dedicated to the advancement of executive-minded women.

Winners are recognized in six categories: corporate executives, entrepreneurs, public sector leaders, trailblazers, professionals and champions.

Runte was named a “trailblazer,” along with a Supreme Court of Canada judge, a United Nations deputy secretary-general and the founder of the Montreal Chamber Orchestra, among others. Trailblazers are women who are the first in their fields and/or who have made a great contribution to Canadian society.

A native of New York, Runte is a citizen of both the United States and Canada. She became the seventh president of Old Dominion in 2001 after having served as president of Victoria University, principal of Glendon College and president of l’Universite Sainte-Anne, all in Canada.

She has served on numerous boards and commissions, including UNESCO, the Club of Rome, the National Bank of Canada, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Foundation for International Training, EXPO 2000 and the Southern Commission on Colleges. She is president of the American Council of Education’s Commission on International Education and a member of the International Parliament of Cultures.

In addition to this recent honor, Runte has been awarded the Order of Canada, the French Order of Merit, fellowship in the Royal Society, a prize from the French Academy and a number of honorary degrees.