October 15, 2009
To the Queen's community,
Please join me in congratulating our Vice-Principal (Academic) Patrick Deane, who is McMaster University's next President.
The appointment was announced today and takes effect July 1, 2010, the day after Patrick's term here ends.
This is a great loss for Queen's and a tremendous gain for McMaster, an institution for which I have a strong affection, having also once worked there. The two universities have many similarities and shared goals, and I look forward to working with Patrick in his new capacity to advance the cause of post-secondary education in Ontario and Canada.
Since being appointed Vice-Principal (Academic) at Queen's in 2005, Patrick has made a significant contribution to our university. He has shown respect and admiration for our students, and has worked to enhance both the academic and personal dimensions of their experience here. With faculty colleagues, he has engaged in a process of academic development, most recently through a comprehensive and continuing series of departmental visits, and a curriculum discussion paper. Recognizing the inherent connections between Queen's and Kingston, Patrick has also committed himself to improving town-gown relations.
Over the next several months, Patrick will continue to focus on key priorities, including the academic planning process and the consolidation of Queen's initiatives regarding diversity and sustainability. He will also lead ongoing academic restructuring, focusing on our need to preserve and enhance quality during these challenging times.
Given that we are already well in to this academic year, leaving insufficient time for a proper search, I will be appointing an Interim Vice-Principal (Academic) for the 2010-2011 academic year, during which time we will conduct a selection process for a new Vice-Principal, who will take office in 2011. I will write to the community in the near future outlining the interim arrangements.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor