September 17, 2012
Dear members of the Queen’s campus community,
Fall at Queen’s is traditionally a time of renewal, energy and spirit, a time when our campus comes alive, when graduate and undergraduate students and faculty arrive to begin a new academic year. This is a good time to share with you my goals for the coming year as approved by the Board of Trustees over the summer. These are my priorities for setting us on a firm footing toward a sustainable future.
A very high priority for the year ahead is building and strengthening relationships with the Queen’s community. After a year of extensive external activity and travel, I will be focusing this year on renewed engagement with our students, staff and faculty.
Related to this, I am working with various members of our community, including alumni, to plan for the potential safe return of fall reunions in 2013. (Much, of course, depends on how things go this fall). I and my administrative colleagues will also be collaborating with the student leadership on improvements to the non-academic discipline system. In consultation with stakeholders, we are also completing a review and implementing changes to the University’s Alcohol Policy.
We will present a new multi-year budget model to the Board of Trustees in May 2013. This change, a major transformation in our budgeting processes, will provide much greater transparency and predictability in our budget planning, and will ensure that our finite revenues are marshaled in support of our institutional academic goals, as contained in the Senate approved Academic Plan and Strategic Research Plan.
I will be spending a good deal of my time both inside and outside the university on the Initiative Campaign, which will be launched formally at the end of this month. This will be the largest comprehensive campaign in Queen’s history. I encourage you to get involved in the campaign over the coming months and years in whatever way you feel able.
Changes to the structure and composition of the Board of Trustees and University Council are well underway and will continue in the year ahead, keeping Queen’s in tune with the best practices of good university governance. Finally, I will be working with the senior administrative team and the deans to set strategic international priorities for the university in order to enhance Queen’s global profile.
To all our new students, faculty and staff, allow me to extend my warmest welcome. And to the returning members of our community, welcome back. I want to thank you for your continued commitment and hard work, for your unfathomably deep collective experience, and for the many talents and skills that you bring to our campuses. These help make Queen’s the special place it is.
Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor