Queen's University

Message from Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Bob Silverman

 
2010-05-05
Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Bob Silverman

Dear students, faculty and staff:

Assuming the role of Queen’s first Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) on May 1 was both exciting and a bit humbling. The position comes with enormous responsibility and many challenges and I want to thank the members of the Queen’s community in advance for helping me work through this new venture.

The Provost will seek to be the conduit by which the university charts its academic future. As you are all aware, we do not have the luxury of simply waiting to see how the post-secondary education system will transform itself, but rather we must set our own direction – one that is forward thinking, rooted in our academic principles, and resourced appropriately.

The academic planning we have been engaged in is the beginning of this. The Provost has an important role in establishing academic planning as an ongoing and evolving process that is at the fore of our decision making. How we operationalize and resource our goals will be equally important, and I am committed to working with the deans and vice-principals to ensure we are prepared to meet our potential and realize our priorities.

At a pragmatic level, I will work to make the Office of the Provost a well functioning operation. The Office needs to reflect that along with being Vice-Principal (Academic), the Provost is the chief operating and budget officer for the university. Over the coming weeks, months, and year you will notice changes in the responsibilities, structure, and role of the Office of the Provost to maximize our resources for providing guidance and oversight of our institutional priorities. Some of those changes are simply amending language in our governing documents while others are policy based. I trust you will let me know when you think we’ve not got the changes right.

I recognize the importance of transparency in this process and encourage you to check the Office of the Provost website where my staff and I will seek to keep you informed. Further, I will meet with Faculty Boards, student and staff groups to discuss the model we are establishing.

We have much to be thankful for – stellar and engaged graduate and undergraduate students, a faculty who value both scholarship and teaching, a staff dedicated to our shared success, and a partnership with the Kingston community that continues to flourish. We have the ingredients to continue our proud role as a leader in post-secondary education, while looking to the future and the opportunities that are before us.

As we end the academic year, I want to thank you for your hard work and engagement, and to congratulate you on all of your achievements. While for many of you the summer months are busy with jobs, research and scholarship, or world travel, I hope you can also find some time for well-deserved rest and relaxation.

Sincerely,
Bob Silverman
Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)

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