Queen's community welcomes new principal
Queen's community members came out in force to meet Daniel Woolf on Sept. 1, his first day on the job as Queen's 20th principal.
The sun shone down on Agnes Benidickson Field as crowds of faculty and staff gathered to wait their turn to shake hands and exchange a few words with him.
Earlier in the day, the new principal sent and email to Queen's community members. He commented that the university is facing several challenges, but not for the first time. A bank failure nearly wiped out Queen's in the 1860s, but it survived.
"The current situation is not as serious, but we cannot afford to let it become so," he wrote. "We face long-term financial hurdles, but I am confident that we will surmount them."
In addition to budgetary issues, Principal Woolf's priorities for the year ahead include getting acquainted with campus and hearing from as many people as possible. He also plans to launch a new university planning process, re-engage with government, alumni and benefactors and address some administrative areas that require attention.
For the full text of his first-day message, visit the principal's website at http://www.queensu.ca/principal
For a profile on Principal Woolf, see Issue 3 2009 of the Review Plus Online at http://alumnireview.dollco.ca