UW President David Johnston chosen as new Governor General

The current president of The University of Waterloo, David Johnston, has been chosen to be Canada’s new Governor General. Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the appointment late Wednesday night, and CTV reports that the Queen has approved the decision. Johnston will take the position in September when Michaëlle Jean, who currently holds the position, completes her term.

Johnston, 69, who has been president of UW since 1999, was educated at Harvard, Cambridge and Queen’s University, holds an Order of Canada and is a noted legal expert.

More details are expected tomorrow morning as a formal announcement will be made.