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Western University president Alan Shepard taking medical leave of absence

Western University president Alan Shepard is taking a leave of absence after "an unexpected cardiac issue," the London, Ont., school said Friday.

Sarah Prichard will be acting president of London, Ont., school for the coming weeks

Western University president Alan Shepard is taking a leave of absence after "an unexpected cardiac issue," the London, Ont., school said Friday.

In a message posted to its Twitter account, the university said the issue requires "immediate attention" and Sarah Prichard, interim provost and vice-president (academic), will be acting president for the coming weeks.

Shepard, an American-born professor with a background in comparative literature, was announced as Western's president in 2018, after serving as president of Concordia University in Montreal.

His resumé includes past leadership positions at the University of Guelph, Ont., and at Ryerson University in Toronto. He earned his PhD in English from the University of Virginia. 

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