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  • [at the Community Breakfast]

    Daniel Woolf, addressing the participants of the Community Breakfast, November 10, 2015. (Photo by Bernard Clark)

  • [Principal Woolf with Kirsty Duncan]

    Principal Daniel Woolf shows his book collection to Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan, who shares his passion for rare gems. Minister Duncan was on campus to announce a $4-million grant from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) on January 8, 2016.

  • [Arthur McDonald with Daniel Woolf]

    Dr. Arthur B. McDonald with Principal Daniel Woolf before the Nobel Prize ceremony on December 10, 2015. (Photo by Michael Fergusson)

  • [Dr. Art McDonald, Toronto Maple Leafs star Börje Salming, Ambassador Kenneth Macartney and Principal Daniel Woolf]

    A reception was held at the Canadian Embassy in Stockholm for Dr. Art McDonald (left), seen here with former Toronto Maple Leafs star Börje Salming, Ambassador Kenneth Macartney and Principal Daniel Woolf. (Photo by Gunnar Seijbold)

  • [Brant House Opening]

    Principal Daniel Woolf, left, and Chancellor Jim Leech, right, welcome Dr. Marlene Brant Castellano to the opening of Brant House, October 3, 2015. (Photo by Bernard Clark)

  • [photo from Homecoming 2015]

    Principal Daniel Woolf, Chancellor Jim Leech, QUAA President George Jackson, and Nobel laureate Art McDonald at the Homecoming football game, October 24, 2015. (Photo by Suzy Lamont)

  • [announcement for the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.]

    Business education has a new name! Principal Woolf, distinguished guests, students, faculty and staff celebrated together on October 1, 2015, at the announcement of the transformational $50 million gift by Stephen Smith, Sc'72, to what is now the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University. (Photo by Suzy Lamont)

  • [Daniel Woolf with Chancellor Jim Leech at spring convocation]

    Chancellor Jim Leech with Daniel Woolf at convocation in June 2015.

  • [photo of Tricia Marwick and Daniel Woolf]

    The Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, the Rt. Hon. Tricia Marwick, visited Queen’s University in January 2015 as the Principal’s Distinguished Visitor.

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    Daniel Woolf and Julie Gordon-Woolf at the opening of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts in September 2014.

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    Daniel Woolf at a convocation ceremony in June 2014.

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    Daniel Woolf serving up lunch at the annual staff barbecue in June 2014.

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    Daniel Woolf, pictured in April 2013, bringing some cheer (and sugar!) to students in the library with his annual "cookie drop."

  • [photo of Glen Vollebregt and Daniel Woolf]

    St. Lawrence College President Glen Vollebregt and Daniel Woolf signing the paperwork for the five-year Bachelor of Music/Music and Digital Media program that allows students to jointly earn qualifications from both institutions.

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    Principal Woolf with Tricolour Award recipient Digvijay Mehra (Artsci’14) (second from right) and his family in March 2014.

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    Daniel Woolf at the Community Breakfast in November 2014 (photo: Todd Muller).

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    Daniel Woolf touring the Ellis Hall active learning classrooms construction site with Ken Roth, Planner (Planning and Budgeting), and Brenda Ravenscroft, Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) in October 2013.

  • [photo of Daniel Woolf with students]

    Daniel Woolf and students at a Queen's Reads event in September 2013.

  • [Daniel Woolf photo at 3MT competition]

    Daniel Woolf at the 2015 3-Minute Thesis Competition with the judges from the final event (pictured l-r): Dr. Ken Stevens from Dupont, Toby Abramsky and Ann Lukits. (Photo by Chi Yan Lam)

  • [photo of the Principal with Hans Metz]

    The Principal with Hans Metz, Technical Services Manager in the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences. Mr. Metz was recognized for 50 years of service to Queen's at the Celebration of Service in May 2015.

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    Daniel Woolf with a participant of the Engineering Technology Fair in October 2012.

  • [photo of Daniel Woolf with students]

    Daniel Woolf served up some food to new students at the Orientation Week 2012 barbecue on the Summerhill lawn.

  • [photo of Bill Flanagan and Daniel Woolf]

    Faculty of Law Dean Bill Flanagan and Principal Daniel Woolf addressed a capacity crowd at the official opening of the Queen's Law Clinics in downtown Kingston in January 2015.

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    Principal Woolf spoke with graduate students during the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) fair welcoming students to Queen's in September 2013.

  • [photo of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter]

    Daniel Woolf and Chancellor David Dodge (left) presented honorary degrees to Jimmy Carter, 39th president of the United States, and his wife, Rosalynn Carter, at convocation in fall 2012.

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    Daniel Woolf officially launched the Initiative Campaign in September 2012 with a goal of raising at least $500 million for identified university priorities and an additional $100 million in future estate gifts.

  • [photo of David Johnston and Daniel Woolf]

    Principal Woolf proudly welcomed His Excellency the Rt. Hon. David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, to campus in October 2012.

  • [photo of Daniel Woolf and Glenn Close]

    Principal Woolf hosted actress and humanitarian Glenn Close on campus June 13, 2013. Ms. Close gave a lecture on mental health and received an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree.

  • [Daniel Woolf in January 2015]

    Daniel Woolf in January 2015, introducing the Principal’s Distinguished Visitor lecture.

It is my great privilege to serve Queen’s as its 20th principal. I am the third alumnus in the role and continue to feel as enthusiastic about this university as I did landing here as a first year student many years ago.

Outstanding teaching, exceptional students, world-renowned research, community and tradition — these are the hallmarks of the Queen's experience. As principal, my job is to showcase our strengths, aspirations and initiative to the world and to advance the university's goals and its position as one of Canada's leading institutions of knowledge, innovation and social purpose.

I've been focused on doing that since first taking up my position in September 2009. Having now been re-appointed for a second term, I look forward to continuing to serve the university community through the end of June 2019. I feel passionately about Queen’s being a place for exceptional people who want to learn, discover, explore, think and do. I am committed to securing our reputation for discovery and inquiry, and to working hard to ensure that every Queen’s student gets an outstanding education, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Please stay in touch — follow me on Twitter, read and comment on my blog, and share your views with me directly at I welcome input from all members of the Queen’s community — students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends alike. Working together, we’ll continue to strengthen this great university.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Daniel Woolf
Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Daniel Robert Woolf became the 20th Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University on September 1, 2009. He is the third alumnus in university history to head the institution. He is also a professor in the Department of History. Learn more...