University recognizes achievements of outgoing Principal Hitchcock
An overflow crowd greeted former Principal Karen Hitchcock at a midday reception to recognize her contributions and achievements at the Elspeth Baugh Fireside Room in Ban Righ Hall May 21.
Chancellor Charles Baillie and others paid tribute to her ability to bring significant changes to Queen's in many areas, including new research initiatives, development of the campus infrastructure, the new arts campus project, faculty renewal, attention to diversity, definition of our strategic objectives, and representation of our interests to governments and benefactors, to name but a few.
Dr. Hitchcock will also be remembered for her "authenticity," her ability to focus on the individual, said Chancellor Baillie.
Vice-Principal (Academic) Patrick Deane spoke on behalf of all the vice-principals, said that it had been a pleasure to work with her.
"One of the great privileges of working with you is that powerful humanity that I know many people have been drawn to and responded to - your authenticity as the chancellor called it."
"What a joy it is to see so many of you here today," said Dr. Hitchcock, who was visibly moved by the large numbers of faculty, staff, students, retirees and friends who crowded the room. "I am very proud of all that we have accomplished so far," she said, encouraging faculty, staff and students to look to the future and keep the wheels in motion and to strive for excellence.
"Because of your vision, Queen's is a better place," said Chancellor Baillie. "Your footprints are all over this university and your imprint will be here forever."