Friday December 18, 2009
Professor Tom Harris, a former Dean of Applied Science, longtime faculty member in the department of Chemical Engineering, former department head and alumnus, is Queen's new head of Advancement.
"Tom's obvious passion for Queen's and advancement extends beyond alumni relations and development to building our reputation at home and abroad," says Principal Daniel Woolf. "He has been a very successful fundraiser for Applied Science and more broadly for the University. He has excellent personal relations skills and great connections with alumni across the country and around the world. I look forward to working with him closely as we gear up for our next campaign."
Professor Harris's five-year term starts January 4, 2010.
"During my time as dean and department head, I came to fully appreciate the impact that the support from Queen's alumni and friends has on our education and research programs, and on the lives of so many students," says Professor Harris. "I have also seen, on many occasions, the great satisfaction that supporters derive from their interaction with faculty and students. I look forward to working with the Principal, his senior leadership team, the talented staff in the Office of Advancement, the deans and directors, faculty, students, alumni and volunteers."
Professor Harris graduated from Queen's with a BSc in 1975 and returned in 1986 as a faculty member in the department of Chemical Engineering. He was department head (1992-1996) and served as the Dean of Applied Science between 1996 and 2007, when he returned to the department to continue teaching and his research. He plans to continue teaching a course this coming semester.
"Tom has a strong reputation at Queen's as a leader and a decision-maker," says University Rector Leora Jackson, who was a member of the search committee. "His popularity with students and alumni, dedication to our institution, and excellent past development record will make him an exciting addition to the senior administrative team."
Professor Harris's Queen's roots are deep. He is a lifetime member of the Queen's Alma Mater Society and a recipient of the Engineering Society's Golden Apple for excellence in teaching as well as the T. Geoffrey Flynn Advancement Champion Award. His wife, daughter and brother are also Queen's graduates, and his son is currently pursuing a doctorate at Queen's in mining engineering at the newly named Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining.