Michaëlle Jean, the new Chancellor of the University of Ottawa

OTTAWA, Canada ( - Former Canadian Governor General Michaelle Jean has been named chancellor of the University of Ottawa.

Jean, UNESCO's special envoy for Haiti, will become the 13th chancellor in the university's history as of Feb. 1, 2012.

She'll succeed Huguette Labelle, who has held the position for 17 years and whose mandate ends on Jan. 31, 2012.

Jean served as Canada's 27th governor general from Sept. 27, 2005, until Sept. 30, 2010.

She is co-chair of the Michaelle Jean Foundation, which supports citizen action across Canada through the arts and culture as means of social transformation and youth mobilization.

Jean says she's "very excited" about the appointment.

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