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OMG: Can someone explain what the president actually does, other than write a blog and attend fancy dinners?

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  1. Kegger @ 390 Hazel.

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  2. Which President? Feridun, or the Feds Pres?

    I'm going to assume you mean the University President.

    Simply put, the President is CEO of the University. While the Provost runs the campus day-to-day (and is in charge of pretty much everything operational), the President is in charge of strategic oversight, management of the Vice Presidents, acting as a liason between the Senate and the Board of Governors, and handling the University's lobbying efforts (meaning he routinely meets with municipal, regional, provincial, and federal politicians to discuss issues that affect the University). He also sits on the Council of Ontario Universities.

    But yes, a big part of his role is to be the university's fundraiser-in-chief as it's primary public face, which means a lot of international travel, blogs, and fancy dinners.

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  3. If you're talking about the Feds President, she is the CEO of the Federation of Students, putting a wide range of things under her portfolio. She chairs a number of committees, sits on the Feds Board of Directors, and oversees the corporation's "special projects."

    Also, as CEO (fun fact), she's also accountable for absolutely everything that affects the corporation - even if it doesn't fall under her portfolio. This basically ensures she has to maintain communication with the other VPs.

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  4. Well it's the job of the university president to soak up a large salary and go attend events at the behest of the university. Unless you're David Johnson who was taking in a million dollar a year salary turned Conservative puppet Governor General of Canada who spends taxpayers money now promoting UW to the country of India.

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    1. Ummmm... what?

      David Johnston singlehandedly turned Campaign Waterloo, which "hoped to bring in $10 or $15 million, tops," into a successful $250 million campaign. He extended our presence in the international community, brought us up through the rankings worldwide, and established us as "Canada's Innovation University."

      As the Queen's representative, he's done an excellent job. The main focus of his tenure as GG has been to promote philanthropy and education: "a smarter, more caring Canada" is what he always speaks in favour of.

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    2. @ 4.a And you'll have links to these claims to verify yes?

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    3. @4b I'm not 4a, but I just literally googled "Campaign Waterloo" and found this link: https://uwaterloo.ca/news/news/campaign-waterloo-makes-6132-million-impact-canada-world

      Looks like the goal was originally $250M, and they revised to $350M but ended up hitting $600+M. Not sure if David Johnston 'singlehandedly' accomplished this, but I'd guess he probably contributed to the success.

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    4. 4a here. Thanks 4c, my numbers were off, but it's been about 6 years since I looked at that info, so I guess my mind was slipping a bit.

      David Johnston gets most of the credit for that success because it was his job as President to make it a success. Whether or not you personally accept that is up to you.

      As for his work as Governor General... look up literally ANY of his speeches on gg.ca. "A smarter, more caring nation" is basically his one common tagline.

      I don't need to provide links to verify stuff anyone with half a brain can google.

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    5. "I don't need to provide links to verify stuff anyone with half a brain can google"

      lol... Just... Lol

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    6. 4e this isn't an essay, it's not like 4d is obliged to cite sources or crap like that. If you think he/she said something fishy, the onus is on you to look it up. Or ignore it - whatever you prefer.

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    7. ^lol. yeah. pull another one out your ass

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  5. i think they eat at those fancy dinners too

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  6. He smokes alot of weed to cope with the bull shit.

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  7. Y'all racist sons of bitches cuz this here post bout Barack Obama.

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  8. Get money from people when they are drunk after the fancy dinner.

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  9. 4e is one of those reddit fags who just replies "source?" to every single comment.

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    1. 9 is one of those fags who just replies about reddit to every single comment.

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