Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

May 14, 2008 15:52 ET

Minister of National Defence Announces Appointment of New Principal of Royal Military College of Canada

KINGSTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 14, 2008) - The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, announced today the appointment of Dr. Joel J. Sokolsky as Principal of Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) effective August 1, 2008. Minister MacKay made the announcement as Chancellor of RMC during Convocation Ceremonies where he presented graduating students and honourees with Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees.

"Dr. Sokolsky is the right person for this important post and his appointment follows in the finest tradition of this great national institution", said the minister, adding that "as Chancellor it gives me great pleasure to see another fine page added to the history of RMC".

Dr. Sokolsky has a long association with RMC, starting as a faculty member in 1986. For the past several years he has been Dean of the Faculty of Arts. He was instrumental in the positive changes that have come about at RMC. He is an outstanding scholar in his field, which directly pertains to the business of RMC: Canadian, Foreign, and Defence Policy. His distinguished academic record includes degrees from the University of Toronto, Johns Hopkins University, and Harvard University. He is well published in his field, respected as a researcher, knows the College intimately, and cares passionately about it.

RMC opened its doors to the first class of eighteen gentlemen cadets, the "Old Eighteen," on June 1, 1876 as the Military College of Canada, and in 1878 Her Majesty Queen Victoria granted the College the right to use the Royal prefix. "The Royal Military College of Canada Degrees Act, 1959," empowers RMC to confer degrees in Arts, Science, and Engineering. Today, RMC offers a wide variety of programmes at the undergraduate and graduate levels, both on-site and by distance learning through the Division of Continuing Studies. RMC graduates have established a sterling reputation of service and achievement throughout the world. and have distinguished themselves in all aspects of Canadian military service. Ex-cadets have been similarly prominent in a wide variety of civilian professions.

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