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Queen's University

Queen's will welcome two new Vice-Principals in the new year.

November 16, 2009 

Caroline E. Davis is the new Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration), and Dr. Robert Silverman will serve as Vice-Principal (Academic) on an interim basis.

Ms Davis is a Chartered Accountant who has spent more than 30 years in the federal civil service. She is currently Assistant Deputy Minister, Resolution and Individual Affairs at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), where she has overseen the implementation of the $1.9B Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.  She previously served as INAC's chief financial officer for five years.

Ms Davis was recently elected Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. This is the Institute's highest designation, awarded for outstanding career achievements and outstanding service to the community and the accountancy profession.

She is currently an adjunct professor at Queen's. She teaches a course in the School of Policy Studies' Masters of Public Administration program.

"Caroline Davis has had a very successful and wide-ranging career in the federal public service," says Principal Daniel Woolf. "She brings excellent people skills, as well as core competencies in critical areas for the university's financial and administrative management. I look forward to welcoming her to the senior team in the early new year."

She starts as V-P on January 4, 2010.

"I look forward eagerly to working with the Queen's community," says Ms Davis. "My first priority will be getting to know colleagues and team members and obtaining an in-depth understanding of the financial situation."

Principal Woolf co-chaired a search committee that began its work in June to fill this position.

"I want to thank Acting V-P Bill Bryck, who returned to his alma mater a year ago to lead the financial and operational piece of the university's administration, ably and with great enthusiasm and effectiveness," says Principal Woolf. "His continued contribution to Queen's is much appreciated."

Principal Woolf has also appointed the former Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science, Bob Silverman, as Vice-Principal (Academic) on an interim basis, from May 1, 2010 until June 30, 2011.

Dr. Silverman will succeed Patrick Deane, who will become President of McMaster University next July.

"I wish Patrick all the best at Mac and want to again recognize his tremendous service to Queen's," says Principal Woolf.

When Dr. Deane's new appointment was announced last month, Principal Woolf indicated he would appoint an interim Vice-Principal for the 2010-2011 academic year to provide adequate time to conduct a full search and selection process for a new V-P.

"Bob Silverman has had an impressive administrative career at Queen's as Dean and more recently as coordinator of our Bader Performing Arts Centre initiative with the City of Kingston," says Principal Woolf. "Having worked with Bob in other capacities, I look forward to doing so with him as V-P (Academic) over the next year."

Dr. Silverman spent 10 years as the Head of Sociology at the University of Alberta before coming to Queen's in 1996 as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science, a position he held for more than a decade. In 2006, he was honored with a Distinguished Service award.

"Patrick Deane will be a very hard act to follow, but I am looking forward to the challenges and working with Principal Woolf and the entire Queen's community," says Dr. Silverman.

Dr. Silverman will begin working with Dr. Deane and his staff in the new year, ensuring a seamless transition. Dr. Deane will leave campus in May to prepare for his move to Hamilton.

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