Bob Silverman became Queen’s first provost and vice-principal (academic) on May 1. Changes to the governance structure in the provost’s office over the coming year will reflect the new provost position, and align the university with other provost models across the country.
“The changes being implemented are meant to ensure that Queen’s, in deciding to adopt this new way of operating, will be aligned with its sister institutions and be well equipped to meet the academic needs of the university.” says Dr. Silverman. “I am committed to making changes in a transparent manner, and I encourage any member of the Queen’s community to contact me if they have concerns.”
She will work closely with senior management in the provost office to advance the university’s academic mission. Among her many responsibilities are overseeing several units that report to the provost’s office, and leading the implementation of the new quality assurance process that is replacing internal academic reviews.
John Dixon, currently associate vice-principal (academic and international) has agreed to a two-year extension in the re-titled vice-provost, international role starting July 1.
Dr. Dixon will focus on international initiatives including reviewing the university’s international activities to improve their coordination and raise their profile; promoting with the vice-principal (research), international research strategies and integrating them into the overall university strategy; and leading the plan for internationalization following the university’s academic planning process.
“I want to thank Dr. Cole for agreeing to take on the responsibilities of deputy provost. I am confident she will work well with all academic units and contribute greatly to our team,” says Dr. Silverman. “I also want to thank Dr. Dixon. His experience and knowledge in the areas that affect the academic units will be a tremendous asset as the deputy provost assumes these responsibilities. His commitment to the international portfolio is well established and I am grateful to have his leadership in this important area.”
Other updates include changing the title of the associate vice-principal and dean in the school of graduate studies, currently held by Janice Deakin, to vice-provost and dean; and returning the director of faculty relations position held by Dan Bradshaw to its historical title of associate vice-principal of faculty relations.
Donna Janiec, the associate vice-principal of finance, and Sean Reynolds, the chief information officer continue to report to the vice-principal of finance and administration, but willl have a dotted line report to the provost and vice-principal (academic).